For a very long time, a lot of sports enthusiasts seldom talk about one of the core players in sporting events. The referees play a very important role, to ensure a match is being governed as fair as square, as possible.
Most of these officials have come a long way, and maintained their credibility as being amongst the top in Africa; which gives them the opportunity to practice their profession outside the shores of Nigeria.
In the light of this, the names below, are the active official FIBA referees, who have the license to officiate in FIBA organized tournaments, both local and international.
Name, Liecense ID
1. BABA MUDA, James, 506799
2. MUSA, Gambo, 506804
3. OGUNLEYE, Opeyemi Oluwaseun, 29285
4. OJEABURU, Kingsley Stephen, 17058
5. OLADEJI, Ayodeji Olayeni, 506801
6. RASAQ, Okedeyi, 506800
7. SHOFOLUWE, Samuel Abiodun, 28773
You can find the list here:
The most popular amongst them would be Ogunleye Opeyemi, and Ojeoaburu Kingsley; both of which have officiated in Continental games and World Cup respectively.
In our discretion, Ogunleye Opeyemi have been very active, in the local scene. He is one of the pioneers of the ongoing Abuja City League, which has been running for over four years, with the number of teams and fans increasing at a phenomenal rate.
In addition, most of these referees spend time to share their experiences with others at home, for them to apply more reasonable judgement, during high school games and league matches.
There is a purposeful move, by the Nigerian referees to ensure games are well officiated, in a free and fair manner for all to enjoy.
Kudos to the Nigerian Referees. More power to your elbows.