Audu stressed the need for the league’s Interim Board to overhaul certain aspects of its operations for better performance.
The immediate past Secretary of the Nigeria Referees Association, Sunday Audu, has urged the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, to improve on referees’ remuneration for better performance.
Audu told the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Lagos that such a step would reduce the incidence of match fixing allegations being made against referees in the league.
“If they pay the referees well, their eyes will not look at the bribe they are being offered. Their remuneration is still very poor. Imagine a referee being paid N15, 000 to officiate a match in Lagos and he is based in Abia, it’s unheard of,’’ the former secretary said.
He stressed the need for the league’s Interim Board to overhaul certain aspects of its operations for better performance.
“The norm is that if clubs perform well, good officiating should complement their efforts but if the club performed well and officiating was poor, it will not speak well of the league. The two have to work together. If one is lacking, the other one won’t achieve its aim. Security also cannot be over emphasised for a credible league,” Mr. Audu said.
Mr. Audu, however, commended the effort of the NPFL in the provision of adequate security for referees at match venues.
“As it is now, the security of referees is commendable, but it can be improved upon,” the former referee’s secretary said.
On his assessment of the NPFL in comparison to what is obtainable in Europe, South America and South Africa, Audu said there was no basis for comparison.
“Even though the league is faring well, we cannot compare it to the European and South American football leagues. We can’t compare our league with those of developed countries, but in Africa, Nigeria is number one, followed by, maybe, South Africa,” he said.