The Nigerian referee quartet of Ferdinand Udoh, Temitope Orowole, Isah Usman and Abubakar Ago, have been commended for their splendid job that gives credit to African referees.
The team was in Mali to handle the return leg CAF Champions League encounter between AS Real Bamako of Bamako and Association Sportive de Forces Armee Royale ( ASFAR ) of Morocco.
At the end of the match, a member of the Malian Football executive and CAF General Coordinator, Souleyman Magassouba, called to thumb up the Nigerian officials.
Magassouba who put a call through to former Nigeria Referees Association (NRA) President and NFFâ€™s Referees Consultant, Linus Mba, was all praises for the referee who he considered to be exceptional.
â€œMr Mba, your referee is very good. He did a splendid job,â€ Mr Magassouba said.
In the first leg of the match, the Malians had drawn 2-2 at away and 50 minutes into the return leg, the match was tied at 1-1 with the Moroccans, 1985 winners of the trophy, piling up pressure to gain the upper hand.
â€œThe match very tough, but your referee very good,â€ Mr Magassouba added.
Meanwhile, Bayelsa United and Warri Wolves who had drawn bye in the preliminary rounds of the CAF Confederation Cup saw their foes emerge at the weekend.
Bayelsa United will be up against F.C Konzo of Congo Democratic Republic who ousted Sports Academy of Bamenda Cameroun. Konzo won the first leg 2-0 and lost the second leg 1-3 to qualify on away goals rule.
Warri Wolves on their part have a short trip to Cameroun to encounter Union Douala who beat ASLAD de Moundo of Chad 3-0 in the first leg and lost the second leg 1-2.
The first leg match is in the weekend starting 28 February while the return leg holds first week end of March.