FIFA referees assistant programme instructor, Lee Kim Chong stated in Abuja that Nigeria referees could get the chance to officiate in their first ever world cup in 2018.
Kim Chong said that with the kind of programme the Nigeria referees embarked upon, they are most like to finally make the cut for the list of referees for the world cup.
Chong who was the center referee when the Super Eagles won Zambia 2-1 to lift 1994 Nations Cup in Tunisia also pointed that unlike before Nigeria now has more qualified referees who are called to officiate at international competitions.
He said “Nigeria is coming up gradually and has many referees who are fit. This year alone, a good number of them have officiated at CAF organized competitions and they did well.
“There are lots of potentials who I have seen myself and I know that before 2018, some of them will be mature to be selected to officiate at the world cup. I have been in Nigeria severally; I was in Aba when I officiated Enyimba match. I have also been involved in some qualifiers involving Nigeria.
Chong bemoaned lack of tactical and technological know how by some Nigeria referees but implored them to brace up to square up with challenges ahead.