Bhubaneswar: An elite panel referee Durga Madhab Nayak of Odisha has qualified for the FIFA international panel referee.
He is the first referee of the state to achieve this remarkable feat. He had scored 95 per cent in the theory examinations. The test was organised by the officials of FIFA at Chennai (Tamil Nadu). Nayak became an elite panel referee in the year 2008. Durga is a native of Sundargarh district.
He has already officiated many prestigious football tournaments of All India Football Federation including I-League and Federation Cup. He is currently employed at Kupsingh in Uttar Pradesh.