Coach Samson Keshi and the club chairman, Osanga chatting a way forward for the club. 

By Raphael Ekpang

The assistant coach of Nasarawa United, Coach Samson Keshi said Nigerian referees lived up to expectation last season, noting that the officiating throughout last season was commendable.

Europe trained Nigeria coach Keshi added that if the referees will improve a little bit from last season then 2019/2020 Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL season will be a better one

Keshi in an exclusive interview with Instant Africa sports noted that the leadership of the Nigeria Referees Association (NRA) led by its president, Tade Azeez, have zero tolerance for corruption, that is while they experienced a good officiating last season hoping for a better one when the league commence on November 3rd 2019.

“Last season officiating was okay; the management of the league did very well last season, let me applaud them. This season I believe we are going to see a better officiating since its going to be a bigger structure,” he said.

However, Keshi said that Nasarawa United’s victory at the preseason tournament was as a result of the ability of the team’s technical crew led by Coach Bala Nikyu to turned friendly matches defeats to win in Kano.

According to him, the team really prepared well ahead of the Ahlan preseason tournament that was why they won, adding that they are preparing harder as the approach the commencement of the new season. “We actually prepared for the preseason; we went to Abuja and played some friendly matches before we stormed Kano for the tournament.

Coach Bala Nikyu Nasarawa Utd coach

“We loss some matches in Abuja and everybody were blaming us especially my boss, Coach Nikyu the technical adviser of the team but they forget that when you lose a game you learn from the defeat, that was exactly what Nikyu did and when we stormed Kano, we strategised and applied what we learnt that was why we came out victorious, and we are ready to replicate that when the incoming season begins in a short time,” he stated.

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