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Edibi blasts Nigeria Football Referees Association

Nigerian Fifa badge assistant referee, Peter Egan Edibi has hit hard at the Nigeria Football Referees Association (NRA) for abandoning him to his 2013 Afcon fate.

Edibi, the only Nigerian referee listed for the Africa Nations Cup for four editions running, is scheduled to leave the nation's shore on Sunday night aboard South African Airline to the Rainbow Nation for the 2013 Afcon holding from January 19 - February 10.

The Cross River State born umpire said since he got the invitation from the 2013 Afcon organising body he has been made to carry his cross with no form of assistance from any quarter..

"Its a normal experience I go through each time I've opportunity to represent my country at any international assignment so what I'm going through at the moment does not appears to me in any way as strange.

"I think its improper for one to be abandoned in the course of national assignment.

"Referees usually get the hard knock whenever they're perceived to have performed badly but when they're doing the right thing nobody seems to raise a finger to help.

"Since I got the invitation I've been on my own doing everything myself to ensure I attended the Afcon competition under the banner of Nigeria.

"At least, I deserved a little bit of recognition and attention from my country same way attention is being showered on the Super Eagles. I'm going to the Afcon in South Africa as a Nigerian referee, as an ambassador. Its Nigerian flag I'll fly in South Africa" he said to supersport.com.

Edibi said the perceived neglect will rather challenge hime to give his best at Afcon than demoralised him.

"Of course, no. The neglect won't affect my professional conduct at Afcon rather I feel challenged to go the extra miles to justify the confidence the organisers repose in me.

"I've my name and career to protect, I'm focused at giving my best and who knows it may change things for good and open more doors for Nigerian referees to feature in international championship," he said.

Edibi said he will be the happiest man to see Super Eagles win the Afcon title in South Africa.

"My greatest joy would be to see Super Eagles lift the Nations Cup title as they did in 1980 and 1994," he said.

Edibi is the only Nigerian referee that featured at the 2008 Cup of Nations in Ghana, Angola 2010, Gabon/Equatorial Guinea and now SA 2013.


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