Tues, 25th March – Fitness Test (Physicals) at Namboole Stadium (7 – 9:30 a.m)

Tues, 25th March (2 p.m) – Fri, 28th March : Njeru Technical Center 

The week long elite referees’ fitness test starts at Nelson Mandela stadium, Namboole on Tuesday morning with the physical drills before the successful ones make it to a special residential training that will start at Njeru technical center, Jinja later in the afternoon.

“The FIFA course is a three-in-one as it will involve referees, referees assessors and referees physical fitness instructors for the five days of training”, an official statement released by the football federation, FUFA reads.

The course will be conducted by Zimbabwean Felix Ntagawarima and Malawi’s Mark Ephraim Mzengo. All the 13 FIFA Referees to include the 3 center referees, Dennis Batte, Alex Nsulumbi Muhabi and Ssali Mashood will participate.

Others are the 5 FIFA assistants ; Hussein Bugembe, Kayondo Samuel, Musa Ngobi Balikoowa, Lee Okello and Mark Ssonko . The 2 FIFA Women Referees are Irene Namubiru and Ssemambo Aisha Nabikko while the FIFA Women Assistant Referees: Mukasa Diana Junia, Nagaddya Catherine Cynthia and Nkumbi Nakitto Marex.

There are selected referees who have been picked to participate in this special exercise. They are Rajab Bakasambe, Kakooza Emmy, Samuel Kakembo, Ronald Katenya, Frank Jjingo, Robert Donney, Ali Kaddu, William Ssenkumba, Ali Kalyango, Ronnie Kalema, David Oula, Isa Masembe, William Oloya, Kirangwa Ronald, Nantabo Lydia, Ronald Mwesigwa, Miiro Brian Nsubuga, Ali Sabila, Siraje Mpyangu, Haruna Segawa, Athuman Wasswa, Solomon Lusambya, Richard Mugerwa and Khalifan Kanakulya.

“The major purpose of such tests is among others to further gauge the level of fitness of our officials who handle most FUFA super league games, regional and continental games”, Ali Tomusange, a former FIFA referee told Kawowo Sports on Monday.

Recently several games have been reportedly been mishandled by match officials that have evoked strange bitter reactions from the respective fans, club officials, and the players alike.

One game involving Police against Express at Wankulukuku Stadium nearly left referee, Sam Kakembo cursing the wrath of Express fc fans as they attacked him at half time for allowing play continue when the home team’s players was down, an act that resulted into a goal by Police.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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