The NFF Referees Appointment Committeehas defended the appointment of referee Joseph Ogabor who was ban by CAF for receiving bribe.
The said referee is in line for his second officiating after overseeing the matchday 5 clash between Rangers and Enyimba at the Cathedral.
Joseph Ogabor has been appointed to officiate the Northern derby involving Plateau United and Kada City at the new Jos Stadium today by 4 pm.
In its defence, the NRA claimed that Joseph Ogabor who was banned by CAF last year for attempted match manipulation in the CAF Confederation Cup match 1/16th round first leg between Plateau United (Nigeria) and USM Alger (Algeria) played on 7 April 2018 in Lagos was banned from officiating in local league games.
“CAF didn’t ban Ogabor from Nigeria League. You may wish to note that the same CAF also listed him as a FIFA referee for 2019 after he took part in the FIFA listing exercise organised by the NFF
“Every referee on the list of NFF for Premier League officiating is eminently qualified and trained to handle matches in the NPFL so far it does not involve teams from his or her zones.
“The mechanism to checkmate any act of misconduct is available and the NRA has been applying it to panelbeat match officials into falling into line for the good of the game.
“If Nigeria asks that a particular person be stopped from travelling abroad, does it stop the person from travelling from Lagos to Abuja?” Mejuobi queried.
By: Tope Adefala