FIFA Approves 30 Nigerian Referees for 2024 Competitions

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FIFA, the world football governing body, has granted approval to a total of 30 Nigerian referees for inclusion in the international lists for the year 2024.

These referees will be assigned to officiate in various competitions, including age-grade tournaments, the FIFA Women’s World Cup, as well as futsal and beach football events.

The approved list comprises 11 referees, 11 assistant referees, four beach soccer referees, and four futsal referees

Among the 11 referees approved for international duty in 2024 are: Basheer Salisu, Ogabor Odey Joseph, Olufunmilayo Abigael Alaba, Nurudeen Abubakar, Abdulsalam Kasimu Abiola, Elaigwe Hannah Enekole, Akintoye Yemisi Eunice, Egba Patrick John, Madu Ndidi Patience, Mustapha Grema Mohammed, and Abdullahi Abubakar.

The 11 officials approved as assistant referees include: Pwadutakam Samuel, Igudia Efosa Celestine, Abibatu Iyadunni, Muhammad Yakubu, Mfon Friday Akpan, Digbori Tejiri, Usman Abdulmajeed Olaide, Igho Hope Ogenekewe, Terah Kabenda Beauty, Ahmad Mustapha Tijjani, and Agbons Faith.

Additionally, Ukah Ndubuisi Odigomma, Musa Dung Davou, Umuago Paul Akpome, and Bello Zuru Alhassan made the futsal soccer list, while Ogunmuyiwa Jelili, Fawole Olawale Adeolu, Olajide Olayinka, and Rabiu Ahmad were listed for beach soccer.

It’s worth noting that no Nigerian referee has officiated at the FIFA World Cup, and in the last decade, CAF has not considered any male Nigerian referee for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Despite these challenges, the recent approval by FIFA provides an opportunity for Nigerian referees to showcase their skills and contribute to international football events.

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