Former Football Referee Urges NPFL Players To Get Acquainted With New Rules

FIFA ranking, Super EaglesFormer FIFA badge referee, Linus Mba, has urged football players and referees in Nigeria to be acquainted with latest changes in the rules of the game as approved by world’s football governing body in the upcoming 2016/17 NPFL season.

Mba made the call while interacting with Akwa United media unit at the end of a one day seminar organised for players of the club by the management of the team in Uyo.

The Former President of the Nigerian Referees Association, explained that adequate knowledge and understanding of the latest changes in the rules of the game would help players avoid committing unnecessary fouls during matches.

“Players usually get confused with the interpretations of the laws of the game, and as a result, they commit lots of fouls in the field of play.

“Laws guiding the game have been reshaped in such a way that decisions are more flexible and fair, so players deserve to know more about the latest changes,” Mba explained.

The former referee said changes in the laws of the game would be implemented in the NPFL for the first time this season.

He however urged referees to ensure they give proper interpretation of the laws during matches in the coming football season.

“Series of seminars have been organised for referees in this country in respect to the latest changes in the rules of the game, so as to make them more conversant with the changes.

“The level of success may not be 100 per cent but we are sure that it will help referees to make fair decisions during matches,” Mba said.

The latest changes in the rules of football focus on incidents that attract yellow and red cards, offside decisions, restarting of games, changes in line-up, as well as issues on substitutions.

NPFL: Rivers United Vow To Fight For Title In Uyo

NPFL, Rivers United, Rangers, Rivers United, wikki tourists, NPFL, Abia WarriorsRivers United will be hoping for the impossible to happen in their last game of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.

The Port Harcourt based team are vying for the title and will play Akwa United in Uyo on Sunday in what they have described as the most decisive game of their campaign.

Coach of the team, Stanley Eguma is indifferent about what will happen in Uyo because even if they win, Enugu Rangers need just a point in their game against El-Kanemi to emerge champions.

Eguma admits they no longer have their destiny in their hands but as professionals, they will play for a victory against Akwa United.

Meanwhile, Nigerian football fans are pleased with the organization of the 2015/2016 NPFL season.

In their opinion, the quality of play has improved with Enugu Rangers’ consistency and Rivers United taking the fight for the title to the last game.

The fans also want the government and private institutions to show more interest for the development of the league.