Nigerian referees all over the nation have been told that it is no more business as usual as they must get set for pre season physical and medical tests that will qualify them to officiate in the coming season.
A release dated August 1 and signed by Barnabas Joro, Secretary NFF Referees Committee, informs all referees that the dates for the tests and examinations have been fixed for Abuja from Monday September 15-20.
“ To accommodate the original spirit of allowing referees who had been on the Ramadan fasting to reestablish the level of their stamina and endurance, the test schedule had to be readjusted” Mr Joro wrote.
The South East will kick off the fitness test programme on September 15, followed by South South the next day, South West the day after and North Central on September 19.
It will be the turn of North West on September 19 while North East and Plateau will round it up on September 20.
The pre season medical tests and the newly introduced technical examinations will be conducted a day before the physical fitness tests.
All referees are requested to come to Abuja with a medical certificate from a recognized Government General Hospital, attesting that they are fit enough to participate in the FIFA endurance tests, as they will be required to cover at least twelve laps in the endurance test.
Similar tests for national league and amateur referees are to be decentralised and organized by the Nigerian Referees Association.
Five days later, September 25 to be exact the FIFA Member Association Referees course will take place.