Nigerian League: Referees Threaten Boycott

The President, Nigeria Referee Association, Ahmed Maude, on Wednesday said the Nigeria National League, may not kick off on Saturday as scheduled.

Maude told the News Agency of Nigeria on the telephone that due to the unresolved issue of indemnity with the association by the NNL, the referees were not ready to participate.

The president said the NRA was demanding for an increment of their allowances and that if such was not met, the association might boycott the league. NNL had earlier in a statement announced the postponement of the league from Jan. 25 to Feb. 15.

The NNL in the statement cited the non-payment of officials’ allowances as the reason for the shift in the kick off date.

Reacting to the threat, the NNL Chairman, Emeka Inyama, told NAN on telephone that the decision of the NRA to boycott the league was not his business.

He said that the NRA had yet to communicate ton his office on the development. You can confirm from the chairman of the Referees Appointment Committee. They have not communicated to us, you are giving me the news,” Inyama said.