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Dead ref named for league match in Nigeria

In a very bizarre circumstance, a faction of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) involved in a tussle for leadership named a dead referee, Wale Akinsanya, for a top-flight game to be held this Sunday.

The dead referee was appointed for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game between Warri Wolves and Giwa FC billed to be held in the city of Warri by the NFF faction of Chris Giwa.

supersport.com understands that the NFF faction, led by Giwa listed, late Akinsanya in its list of appointments for match officials in a letter dated April 20, 2016 to the League Management Company (LMC), which oversees the running of the top division in Nigeria.

The late Akinsanya was appointed for the game alongside Tope Orowole and M Adeleke as assistant referees. Peter Efozia is listed as fourth official and Tunde Oloyede as match commissioner.

Unknown to the Giwa NFF faction, the referee passed on January 22 this year during a mandatory Fifa cooper test for referees in Ibadan.


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