46 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017 sports Refs: NRA to sanction clubs over attacks T HE Nigeria Football Referees Association on Tuesday revealed plans to sanction clubs whose fans attack referees. The NRA secretary NWFL takes Super 4 to Emotan College T HE Nigeria Women’s Football League on Wednesday engaged pupils of Emotan College in Benin in an interactive development programme tagged ‘Football-Fusion, Football and Education’. The event is part of the ongoing NWPL Super 4 at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin. The NWFL vice-chairman Margaret Icheen, who led the league body’s delegation to the school, told the pupils that they could excel in life by combining education and sports. Icheen said, “We are here to encourage you to take your education seriously as well as involve yourselves in football. “Unlike what you may have heard in the past that it is almost a taboo for girls to play football, not only is the perception erroneous and misconceived, the truth remains that you can excel in education and football as well as become a celebrity. “We have in our midst national team and club players who are educated and are professional footballers.” On her part, Rivers Angels and Super Falcons goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi said, “We are celebrities and we have achieved a lot for ourselves, we are not whores but responsible members of the society. “Believe it, football can endear you to the high and mighty in the society, so we urge you to take your education seriously and play football as well.” Nasarawa Amazons captain Mariam Ibrahim urged the pupils to be focused. She said, “You cannot play football if you are not intelligent, so football is for brilliant pupils.” T Moroof Oluwa told the News Agency of Nigeria that the association was not happy that many of its members had been attacked by fans during recent matches. Oluwa said, “We are going to take drastic action against any form of attack on referees in order to preserve the integrity and life of our referees. “Very soon, we shall announce punitive measures in order to deter such rampant occurrences.” He blamed the incessant attacks on referees on the ignorance of football fans about the rules of the game, adding that teams would be held accountable for any form of violation. He explained that many football fans had violated the rules of football engagement even without knowing the consequences. Nigerians out of Governor’s Cup HE last set of Nigerian players participating at the Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championships crashed out of the competition on Wednesday. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the players could not make to it to the main draw of the singles events in the men and women’s categories. Christian Paul, who was the last Nigerian in the men’s singles, was defeated by India’s Aryan Givaeas, in two sets, 6-0, 6-0. Paul, who is ranked 1,958 in the world, told NAN that he lost to a more experienced player.