Calistus Chukwujekwu, a FIFA referee instructor, has revealed that Nigerian officials were left out of the 2019 U-17 AFCON in Tanzania, because they failed both physical and match analysis tests.
There have been reports that the referees were left out of the competition due to political power play.
But Chukwujekwu said the officials were not involved in the tournament won by Cameroon, because they were not fit.
“Before the selection of referees for the U-17 final, referees were invited for a pre-tournament seminar in Morocco from March 30 to April 3.
“A referee from Nigeria was invited and at the end of the day, the list was released on April 3. The information I got when I enquired was that our referee did not do well in the tests,” he said.
“The test is not just a physical test. There must be a balance between your physical fitness, your intellectual ability and technical knowledge.
“If you attend a course on referring and you are given a test on match analysis, outside laws of the game and trivial, and you do not pass, I don’t think there is anybody that has good administration that would allow you to be part of that tournament
“Some of our referees are not good enough and that is limiting our chances and opportunities at international competitions.
Sixteen referees and assistants were selected by the world football governing body for 2018 World Cup in Russia. However, no official from Nigeria was included.