Anietie Ferdinand Udoh
Akwa Ibom FIFA-badged referee
Born March 8, 1987, Anietie Ferdinand Udoh is a graduate of Geology from the University of Ilorin, Kwara State.
Being the son of a football referee, Anietie Udoh grew up with a passion for the profession. He, therefore, joined the Edo State Referees Council in 1999, while still in secondary school. He transferred to the Kwara State Referees Council when he was admitted to study Geology in the University of Ilorin, going on to become a Grade One Referee in 2005.
In 2012, Udoh was invited to attend a Refereeing Course organized by visiting FIFA Referee Instructors in Abuja during his National Youth Service where he emerged the best participant and was consequently inducted into FIFA Referees’ Panel.
The following year, during the CAF Young Talent Referees Course in Cairo, Egypt, he again came out tops, winning the ‘Best Young Referee in Africa’ (2013-14). This was a turning point in his career because within the same year, at the age of 26, he became the youngest ever Nigerian to become a FIFA-badged referee and the first Akwa Ibom indigene to become a FIFA-badged referee.
Udoh’s career has been on auto-pilot ever since, as has officiated games at all levels of competitions across the continent including FIFA World Cup Qualifying matches, CAF U-17 African Nations Cup, CAF Continental Club competitions, as well as in the Nigerian Premier Football League. These have earned him the ‘Best Referee in Nigeria’ award consistently from 2014 to 2017 and also becoming the first referee in Nigeria to use the vanishing spray
Udoh became the first referee to officiate at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium when he took charge of the opening game between Nigeria and Ghana in 2014
Akwa Ibom Celebrates this son of Ibiono Ibom who flies our flag on the pitch.