The Nigeria Referees Association, NRA has stated that despite the incident recorded in one of the centres during the league opening matches, members of the association are upbeat about maintaining the fair and firm approach while handling this midweek matches.
Tade Azeez, NRA President, in a statement charged the officials to be unmindful of the unsporting behaviours of some clubs to enable them win at all cost, by ensuring that the rules of the game prevail at all times.
In the Oriental derby scheduled for today; Enyimba and NPFL returnees, Heartland, Anambra state based medical doctor, Dr Chimezie Udennaka, whose father is also a retired premier league referee, will be at the centre to be assisted by two Assistants Referees from Enugu; Justin Nnadi and Eze Chikaodili Edwin as AR1 and AR2, respectively. The Fourth Official is Okey Ezeogu. They referee assessor is retired FIFA referee, Emmanuel Onah of Enugu State Referees Council.
In Jos, newly badged FIFA Referee, Olajide Olayinka of Lagos will be assisted by another Lagos referee Shonibare Sadiq and Ekiti based Adetule Cuba on the lines, while Agboola Maroof of Osun is the fourth official as MS Danliti of Kaduna will supervise the officials for the game involving league leaders, Plateau United and Rivers Utd.
For the Tornadoes vs Ifeanyi Uba, the referees team led by an Army Officer and FIFA referee, Col Fawole has Rabiu Baita of Jigawa council as Assessor while another Fifa referee from Lagos Council, Jelili Ogunmuyiwa will be assisted by Moroof Aromona and Cletus Adewebi, all of Lagos Council in the Rangers vs Lobi clash. Referee assessor for the Enugu match is the chairman of the Delta State Referees Chairman, Alhaji Mohammed Odihili.
The NRA solicits the support of all to observe a hitch free match at all the centres.