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Nigerian Football Federation leaders are considering retired former FIFA referee Dr Alex Mana to lead the federation’s newly established referee department.

Following Plan “An exclusive report that the federation is moving from a unit to a full-fledged department with a director in the saddle, the NFF bigwigs are now focusing on Dr Mana as the perfect man for the plum job after he considered several other candidates, including Callistus Chukwujekwu, Bola Abidoye and several others.

The NFF Referees Unit is currently headed by Alhaji S. Zubairu from Bauchi State.

The decision to turn the unit into a department follows a FIFA directive asking member federations to comply with new regulations governing world football.

Plan previously reported that “NFF President Amaju Pinnick and other federation bigwigs, including Dr Mohammed Sanusi and board member Alhaji Rabiu Inuwa Ahlan, had come together to provide input into updating of the new department “.

In its letter to the NFF, “FIFA has explicitly stated that the referee committee should be an integral part of the membership association.”

Part of the memo reads: “He will be responsible for the organization, regulation and development of officiating. It must be under the exclusive control of the member association and must not under any circumstances fall under the control of other bodies such as leagues or the government (including parliament and any other state authority).

Dr Alex Mana is from southern Kaduna state.

A star referee in his heyday, he was head of the management studies department at the National Sports Institute (NIS) in Lagos State where he taught until he obtained his doctorate in administration, management. / sports organization (with specialization in legal aspects of sports law) after transferring his service from Kaduna State to the federal civil service.

For several years, Mana was secretary of the Kaduna State Board of Referees.

He became a FIFA referee in 1995 and went on to win four awards as a FIFA referee.

He won the referee of the year award three times in Nigeria before winning the Pepsi award for best referee.

Many key stakeholders hailed the federation’s decision to name Dr Alex Mana “the best with football as the winner”.

The NFF Annual General Meeting is expected to formalize and approve the new creation for the department to take off early next year.

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