When on Sunday Warri Wolves and Bobbies United Football clubs of Warrii filed out for the Delta State Federation Cup final, football fans expected nothing but a perfect show from both teams, in terms of football display and the match officials.
The spectators, including the Deputy Governor of Delta State Prof Amos Agbe Utuama, the chairman of the Delta State Sports Commission who doubles as the state FA Chairman, Amaju Pinnick and a lot of other dignitaries were all full of expectations.
When the centre referee, Boye from Bayelsa State signaled the commencement of hostilities the stand erupted in ecstasy. Ike Thankgod of Warri Wolves broke the deadlock in the 14th minute with a beautiful header. But that is not the story.
The performance of the centre referee took the shine off the Cup final that was being beamed live by Supersport. Referee Boye was so bad that he gave a particular player, Michel Egbeta two yellow cards without noticing the he had been booked earlier. It took the intervention of one of the assistant referees who pointed that out to the man at the centre.
Observers believe that Boye’s performance has only justified the frequent exclusion of Nigerian referees by CAF and FIFA from continental and global tournaments.