By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
The Remo Football Referees on Saturday, February 12, 2022, officially launched its kits for the year 2022.
The kits were launched in categories for elders, young referees (catch them young), active referees, and league matches.
The best performing referee, best young performing referee for 2021, and decorations of elders also took place during the launching of the kit which took place at Remo Stars Stadium Ikenne-Remo Ogun State.
The event was graced by the Executives of the Nigeria Referee Association (NRA) in Ogun State and members of the Remo Referee Society.
President of Remo Stars Football Club, Honourable Kunle Soname also graced the occasion and thanked the referees for their role and commitment to the game of football.
He said: “Football can’t develop without fair officiating. Without good officiating, our league can’t develop. Our referees are knowledgeable, but the application of the law might not be 100%. This might be due to financial constraints. We must work towards attracting more money to football. Football attracts people, sponsors, and advertisements. In the next few years, football in the country will change for the better. For this to be achieved, the referee has a role to play. The game will grow with fair officiating for both home and away games. There is too much money in football to go around for everyone. Planning is key to achieving this. Everybody is attracting itself to football even in the corporate world. The phase of Nigerian football will change in the next two years for stakeholders. I thank the referees for their contribution to the game. I don’t take your efforts for granted. By the special grace of God, God will give us the enablement before the next meeting to help with the electronic flag alongside the electronic substitution board. We are committed to ensuring that football develops in this society especially this community. I want to commend the young referee (Samuel Awodein) for his hard work and uprightness. He is extremely honest and does his job efficiently. He will go places if he continues like this.”
The Chairman of the council, Obayemi Olatunbosun, also showed his happiness with the society and also thanked Honorable Kunle Soname for his immense support towards the development of referees.
Idowu Stephen and Awodein Samuel received the award for the Society’s best active and best young referee respectively.
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