It’s a rare thing to see, especially in modern football, as two brothers and a sister were seen officiating a match in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) on Matchday 34 in Maiduguri.
The family who has Stephen Terfa, Ephraim Shagba as brothers and a sister, FIFA badged referee Mimisen Iyorhe were in charge of the match that saw Elkanemi Warriors defeated FC IfeanyiUbah 2-0 on Monday.
The Benue referees have been raised by their mother, Mrs. Grace Iyorhe a retired referee and former chairman of the Benue State Referees Council.
An elated Mimisen took to Facebook immediately after the match in Maiduguri to pour encomiums on their mother for nurturing them and ensuring they achieved their dreams in football refereeing.
She wrote “Today I write this piece in honour of my mum, Mrs Grace Nguyemen Iyorhe, Nee Asuwe.
Today your dream in refereeing came to pass in Maiduguri, where your first child, Stephen Terfa Iyorhe watched the technical area and your fourth, now third child, Mimisen Iyorhe assisted your last child, Ephraim Shagba Iyorhe to successfully handle the game between El Kanemi Warriors FC, Maiduguri and FC Ifeanyi Uba, Nnewi.
“Only God knows what you passed through to nurture us to this stage and only He will bless you and make His face to shine on you.
“This record you have created amongst the many others is to show the world that dedication, humility and the right attitude with God on your side is equal to success.”