By Eddie Akalonu
CAF and FIFA Referees Fitness Instructor, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Felix Kigigha landed a severe blow to his own constituency of the men in black when he revealed that the age cheat syndrome widely suspected in the age grade players in the country, is also deeply rooted among referees.
He told Vanguard Sports In Owerri that “I think Nigerian referees are over- aged. Many of them I have found out falsified their ages to remain in business and that is part of the virus ravaging the personnel and denying football in the country deriving valuable officiating.
ACP Kigigha, who is in charge of Zone-C of the Imo State Police Command and himself a retired referee, said “I have noticed that many are over aged working as CAF and FIFA referees fitness instructor and it demoralizes me because many fail and do not attain even the minimum standards for fitness which I have also seen is impacting on performance being also an NFF match commissioner.
“So, when fitness is conducted according to laid down rules and procedures and they fall short, my report sticks because will not bulge on standards because I also have my name and reputation of the profession to protect.