Nigerian referee set to make history


Nigeria’s Elite Referee, Ogunmuyiwa Jelili has been selected as a referee for the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup coming up in Bahamas next month, can report.

The foremost Nigeria FIFA Beach Soccer Referee, is one of the 24 Referees
appointed by FIFA for the Biennial event. The tournament will take place in
Bahamas between 27th April and 7th May, 2017.

Jelili will be attending his fifth FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. He is the first African Referee to officiate in a FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup semi-final game. Other appointed Referees in the continent of Africa include, Bousbih Issam (Tunisia) and Hachim Said (Madagascar).

Also, he will become the referee with the highest number of FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup appearances only behind Moraes Ivo of Brazil who is attending his sixth Beach Soccer World Cup Tournament.

“I appreciate the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, NFF Referee Committee
Chairman, Ahmed Yusuf Fresh and the NRA Chairman, Trade Azeez for ensuring I got the necessary support to achieve this milestone. I appreciate Mr Okayi Sunday and FIFA retired referee E.E Imiere for their amazing support,” said Jelili to after his appointment.

“Hard work and commitment took me to this level and the readiness to learn
and improve my officiating, also to be conversant with the FIFA laws. It is
not a personal achievement but a national one, for the country to produce an African Referee with the most appearances at the World Cup.

“I am looking forward to the tournament, I have been privileged to officiate a World Cup semi-final game and Beach AFCON final game. I think the target this term will be for me to officiate the World Cup final game. It is possible with the right support and mentality during the
championship. As much as Nigerians would be supporting the Sand Eagles, I
will also appreciate the media and fans support for me to make Nigeria

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