Given Nigeria?s pedigree in football, the country should not be in such predicament - Sports Minister Enoh fumes over non-listing of Nigerian referees for AFCON 2023

Nigeria’s Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, has stated his displeasure over the non-inclusion of Nigerian referees among the match officials listed for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations that will be hosted by Cote D’Ivoire from January 13 to February 11/2024.

The 34th Africa Cup of Nations is billed to take place across five cities in Cote D’Ivoire. 


Three-time African Champions, Nigeria’s Super Eagles, topped Group A of the qualifying series to secure participation.


Speaking on the situation, an appalled Enoh said;

“Given Nigeria’s population and pedigree in football, the country should not be in such a predicament, I will hold engagements with bodies related to the matter and see how we can remedy this going forward.”

“I was duly informed that at the last AFCON (2021), Nigeria had only one assistant referee listed amongst the match officials. Two years prior, we didn’t have any centre referee too. Going into the next AFCON, we still won’t have any Nigerian official.

“I am going to interrogate this matter. We will have engagements with the NFF, the  Referees’ Association, and the League Board because we need to get to the bottom of this,” the minister reiterated.



President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigeria would experience effective governance under the administration of  Bola Tinubu.


Buhari said this in a statement issued on Tuesday, March 28, by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.


He said, “As the President-elect prepares to take over mantle of leadership at 71, the President affirms that his political pedigree from the 90’s, active role in party politics, being elected Senator and later Governor of Lagos State, and diligent involvement in structure of leadership at the Executive and Legislative levels for many years, will serve as asset for good and effective governance.


“President Buhari believes Asiwaju’s warmth, friendliness and generosity has set the pace for a network of friends, home and abroad, that will shape his presidency with requisite expertise to guide the economy, and consolidate on the investments of past leaders, particularly in people-first development and infrastructure”.




He also felicitated with Tinubu ahead of his birthday on Wednesday, March 29.


The statement added, “President Buhari prays for the wellbeing of Asiwaju and his family.”

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