Abuja – A referee instructor with the Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Ameenu Mohammed, on Tuesday urged football clubs to grasp the rules of the game starting from the 2013/2014 season.
Mohammed gave the advice in an interview in Abuja while reacting to allegations by club administrators against bad officiating among Nigerian referees.
“The referees are being trained by the (NFA’s) Referees Committee, but let the administrators and technical crews of these clubs know what the law says.
“Let the League Management Committee find a way to bridge the gap between decisions of referees and understanding of the teams.
Mohammed expressed disappointment that there was no programme to give football administrators orientation about the game.
“ Even at the national level it is very disappointing that we don’t have a programme for our national teams to give them (players) orientation on the laws of the game.
“So that when they go for international championships, they will be able to apply this knowledge.
“Most of these players from other countries know the laws of the game. Didier Drogba (of Cote D’Ivoire) knows the laws of offside very well and he has a way of beating the offside traps.
“And that is why people always see Drogba as always (being) in an offside position.
“No, he knew what the law of offside says and he has his own means of beating it because he knows it and players don’t know it.
“They don’t know which law will earn them red card directly and that was why you saw somebody like (Sani) Kaita do what he did at the last World Cup (in South Africa 2010), because he didn’t know, his coach didn’t know too.
“So, we need to bring ourselves together, give ourselves the orientation of the laws of the games so that we have less tension, frictions and misunderstanding.
Nigeria Professional Football League season will start on Feb. 21 while the second tier league, Nigeria National League, will start on Jan. 24.
The Nigeria Women Premier Football League will kick off on Feb. 15, but the Nigeria Nation-Wide League had yet to have a date.(NAN)