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The league major stakeholders have hinted the Football House that a reduced match officials would bring out efficient and monitored officiating of the premier league

The Nigeria Football Federation has been been advised to reduce the number of premier league match officials to bring about efficiency in officiating and proper monitoring of the matches in the Nigeria Professional Football League have advised.

This was among the resolutions reached at the end of a joint meeting of the League Management Committee and the Club Owners held Wednesday at West Point Hotel, Abuja.

The acting head of media of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), Kasali Obanoyen disclosed the content of the communique stressed that the chat between both bodies was successful and was well attended

He expressed that the call by the two bodies for the NFF to peg the number of referees would help the league to be better handled by professionals whose duties are primarily to officiate the elite division matches only just like it is in the major European leagues especially the English Premier League. He said that would alter the present norm where Nigerian referees only take match officiating as a part time assignment.

The communique was read to the media and signed by the Chairman of the Club Owners, Barrister Isaac Danladi who is the Chairman of Nasarawa United and Chairman of LMC, Nduka Irabor:

Communique at the end of the joint meeting of the League Management Company(LMC) and the Club Owners as part of the monthly consultative meeting of the two bodies held on Wednesday 26th June, 2013 at West Point Hotel,Abuja.

1. The meeting reviewed the first stanza of the league and rated it as above average and called for sustenable improvement.
2. The meeting agreed that for efficiency in officiating and proper monitoring of the matches, the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) is advised to peg the number of referees to the premier league.
3.The meeting took briefs from the president of the Nigeria Referees Association(NRA) as well as seasoned match commissioners on the performance from the officiating of the league.
4.The meeting reviewed the mid-season technical report which was unanimously adopted and noted that there are improvements from the past seasons.
5.The meeting noted with satisfaction the contributions from the stakeholders on how best to move the league forward.
6.The meeting also discussed the proposed sharing formula for the revenue and sponsorship funds and commended Globacom for supporting the league.


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