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Aftermath of Gombe – Shooting Stars match: Nigeria’ football would move forward with such a professional Referee; I commend the N.R.A – Dimeji Lawal rates Patience Madu high in faraway Gombe

Oluchi tobex Tobe-Chukwu

Shooting Stars Sports Club Team Manager, Dimeji Lawal has heaped praises on referee Ndidi Madu after her superb performance during Shooting Stars 0-0 away draw with Gombe United in the first match of the 2021/2022 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.

“A red card was given to a Shooting Stars player. It was merited, It was a second yellow Card.
I congratulate the N.R.A , I have never seen a Referee that stood her ground , very professional in officiating in an away game” – those were the words of the Team Manager Shooting Stars Dimeji Lawal (MON) after Gombe United played a goalless draw with Shooting Stars in Gombe in the NPFL Premier league opener week one in faraway Gombe.

The ex International had gone ahead to reel out the factors that affected his team for the crucial opening game in the NPFL .
It took the Stars 7 days to execute the match , the players were exhausted and the weather can not be overlooked he explained.

“If you tell me to
rate her in that match I will give Madu 97% .
She was tough , she was in control throughout the game.
If you can get such officiating elsewhere even in Ibadan, Nigeria Football would move forward “.

“The game against Gombe United wasn’t bad. We were outplayed but we went there to either get a point or three points. Our tactics work considering the long and hectic journey. The red card given to Shooting Stars player was his second yellow card. It wasn’t a direct card. To be candid, I congratulate Nigeria Referee Association (NRA). I have never seen such a referee that stood her ground in such a professional manner in officiating an away game especially in this set up. She stood her ground. I will mark her 97% as far as the game was concerned as she was in control of the game. If we can get such officiating everywhere even in Ibadan, Nigeria Football will move forward.”

The experienced Team Manager revealed his thoughts in an honest evaluation on his team and the center Referee, FIFA/CAF Elite A Patience Madu in a Sports programme (Sports castle) on Star FM 91.5
Take a listen.


Oluchi Tobe-Chukwu

Oluchi Tobe-Chukwu popularly known as tobex is the Vice chairman of Sports writers Association of Nigeria , lagos Chapter. She Is also the Media Spokesperson of the Super Falcons of Nigeria. She is an award winning women's football writer. Tobex is also an ex footballer that was privileged to play in the first NFF organised women's league in 1990 as a player of Hamza Queens. Her last club as an active footballer was Ibom Angels as She paved way to further her education years ago. She is a Federal Government scholar , with a degree in Mass communication, a second degree in Public Relations and Advertising (Communication Studies). She is a Wife and Mother.

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