By Olusola ‘Jide @jide_olusola
Members of the Nigeria Referees Association, NRA have been enjoined to honour the former football administrator, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi by maintaining good officiating.
This was made known by the President of NRA, Otunba Tade Azeez, who was at the family house of Ogunjobi in Osun State to commiserate with the family.
In a statement released by National Publicity Secretary of the NRA, Kelechi Mejuobi, Otunba charged referees on duty to not only wear black armbands as part of the honour but also go further to maintain the free and fair officiating that has become the hallmark of this season’s NPFL since it commenced mid-January.
Otunba who regretted the untimely exit of Ogunjobi especially now his services and expertise were needed in the growth of Nigeria football, revealed that the late Osun State FA Chairman was a mentor to many referees he came across in the course of his duties as a Premier League Match Commissioner, and FA boss.
In the few matches slated for today and tomorrow, a soldier from the Bauchi State Referees Council, Markus Bwashi will be at the centre in the in the Niger Tornadoes vs Enyimba of Aba clash to be assisted by Tolu A of Ondo and Kano’s Salmanu A., while the assessor is Prof Tunde Asagba of the University of Ibadan.
Asaba, Delta State based lawyer, Barr Ovie Bordor will lead match officials comprising Sani Baba of Bauchi council and Sanusi Mohd of Zamfara (Assistants) while Okoye Cosmas and a retired premier league referee, Ali Sheru act as Fourth official and Assessor respectively.
The Abia Warriors vs Akwa United encounter will be an all FIFA showpiece where Olayinka Olama of Lagos will be at the centre with Usman Isa of Katsina and Plateau’s Davou Dung assisting on the lines.