Newly appointed FUFA referees instructor, Ali Kalyango has commended the top fitness levels of referees at the end of the FIFA, Elite and national FUFA referees’s fitness tests at Namboole Stadium on Saturday.

“I am impressed by the fitness standards of the referees ” Kalyango, a former FIFA Referee has told Kawowo Sports shortly after the national referees tests.

130 out of the 136 total referees successfully passed the trials that started on Thursday with medical examinations at FUFA House in Mengo.

The referees are preparing for the upcoming 2014/15 domestic football season which starts August 22nd with the league kick off.

FUFA Referees instructors Ali Kalyango and Muhammed Ssegong, who took over from FIFA instructor, Harunah Kebba supervised the exercise.

Another former FIFA Referee, Ali Tomusange witnessed the exercise.

The Tests Nitty Gritty:

After the medicals, all the referees were subjected to short sprints (40 meters), which each official has to run under 6 and 6.6 seconds for men and women respectively.

 Both genders were then subjected to run 12 laps which successful officials had to run under 28 minutes (including resting time).

FIFA referees Alex Muhabi and Musa Balikowa who are in officiating in the ongoing CECAFA Club championship in Rwanda and Mashood Ssali (fresh from a referees course in Cameroon) were excused from the exercise as they had already done their test earlier.

The next referees trials will be held in February 2015.  

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

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