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FIFA Five Nigerian football match officials fail fitness test

The physical fitness exercise which was held at the National Stadium,Abuja, lasted for a period of two days.

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A Nigerian referee and his two assistants. play

A Nigerian referee and his two assistants.

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A total of five male Nigerian referees have reportedly failed FIFA's Physical Fitness Test organised at the National Stadium, Abuja, on Saturday, September 10, 2016.

This happened following an invitation by the Nigeria Referees Association (NRA), who had the intention of improving the status of the match officials.

Nigerian Referees play

Nigerian referees getting ready for a match.



The men who failed the fitness exercise were among a group of sixteen refs invited for the event, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Speaking in a chat with NAN, an instructor at the programme said, “This is the first set of non-badge referees that will take this test and it is not easy but some of them didn’t take it serious.

“About fifty per cent of them passed the test and I am happy for the invited female referees because all of them passed.

“Five out of the seven invited male referees failed the test and they will wait till next year for another opportunity.

“They can come in November for another test for them to qualify to officiate in the national league, but as an international referee? No."

Nigerian referees play

Nigerian referees



According to NAN, 44 referees were in attendance for the event which was held for a period of two days.

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