Nigeria’s highly rated centre referee Anietie Ferdinand Udoh is expected to return to match duties for the first time this year, on Wednesday.
Udoh, a FIFA-badged official narrowly missed out on the 2018 African Nations Championship in Morocco after a late injury knocked him out after he was named in the provisional list of officials by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
The University of Ilorin graduate who has within the past three years officiated league title deciders, Federation Cup final, crunchy derby games such as the Oriental Derby, CAF Under-17 AFCON game and club continental fixtures has been lined up to return to league duties on Wednesday.
www.aclsports.com scooped that Udoh will officiate the Nigeria Professional Football League Match Day 15 encounter between Rangers and Yobe Desert Stars in Enugu with Lagos-based referee Adebimpe Quadry serving as the fourth official.
NPFL's finest referee ANIETIE FERDINAND UDOH is back from his injury layoff and will officiate one of the midweek games in the NPFL on Wednesday.
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Furthermore, Udoh’s firm handling of matches has not only been missed by the Nigerian league which has witnessed a number of controversial refereeing decisions in recent times but the continental body can also not wait to have him back.
CAF have confirmed via its website that Udoh will take charge of CAF Confederation Cup play off round first leg clash between Tanzanian Premier League champions Young Africans and their Ethiopian opponents Wolaitta Dicha on Saturday.
Udoh will be assisted by his compatriots Abel Baba and Isah Usman in the game billed for the National Stadium, Dar Es Salam at 4pm local time on Saturday.