Female assistant referees in practice session at the FUFA Technical center, Njeru Credit: FUFA Media
[/media-credit] Female assistant referees in practice session at the FUFA Technical Center, Njeru Credit: FUFA Media

The demands and expectations for the modern game of football calls for all match referees and assessors to have the rules and regulations at their finger tips.

Referees make key decisions during a football game within a very limited time frame.

It is upon this rich back ground that the local football governing body FUFA in conjunction with the continental and world’s football bodies CAF and FIFA respectively join hands to organize refresher courses for the referees and match assessors almost twice every season.

In such courses, referees and assessors are reminded of the amendments in rules (if any), they discuss different scenes and incidents of the games they handle as they share knowledge and experiences as well as testing for their mental and physical strength with revision of the laws that govern the beautiful game.

Over the past week, the FUFA Technical Center at Njeru has been a bee hive of activity with at least 60 referees and assessors camped for the FIFA Member Associations Elite course.

FIFA Instructors Felix Tangawalima from Zimbabwe and Mark Mzengo of Malawi handled the technical and fitness aspects respectively in assistance with the national fitness instructor Ali Kalyango, his assistants Rahman Kizito, Catherine Adipo, Ali Waiswa, Samuel Egesa Wesonga and Ali Tomusange.

Course Nitty Gritty:

When all the referees first converged at Njeru, they were first subjected to medicals.

Later, they were engaged in fitness tests before class work that entailed theory and practical drills took place.

Throughout the course, the referees and assessors were taken through the various course modules on amendment of the FIFA Laws of the game.

Also, the modern approaches of managing the game, analyzing videos, physical training and technical aspects on the field of play were emphasized as well.

Moses Magogo, the Uganda F.A boss challenges the referees to aspire for the best.

Officiating at the passing out ceremony on Friday at Njeru, Magogo called upon the referees and assessors to strive for excellence.

Quoted by the official FUFA Website, Magogo noted;

I want to encourage the participants to strive for excellence. We need to see more FIFA referees involved in action in the region and on the continent.

We are trying to move in a different direction. As President of the FUFA, we are striving for excellence.

We have a group of young referees in the offing who are handling FUFA U17 Juniors league.

One of the things we set out is to create an operational system which helps in monitoring people who are active.

We have to do this together.

This benefits you who are in the game now. There are no favors extended to any one to make the short list for a FIFA badge.

Meanwhile, FUFA trained close to 30 young referees under the age of 20 as a basis of ensuring continuity when the current crop of referees retire.

Referees: Anna AkoyiRonald Karangwa, Alex Muhabi, Joseph Ochom, Ali Sabilla Chelangat, Mashood Ssali, Shafiq Mugerwa, Hakim Mulindwa, Ronald Mwesigwa, Olemu George, Okello Lee, Bakasambe Rajab, Oloya William, Kakooza Emmy, Solomon Lusambya, Turyomuriwe Samuel, Katenya Ronald, Mutonyi Jane, Nagaddya Cynthia Catherine, Aisha Ssemambo, Mulungi Diana, Naigaga Habiba, Lydia Nantabo Wanyama, Kaddu Ali, Okello Dick, Gilbert Ngyendo, Nakitto Marex Nkumbi, Nantabo Wanyama, David Oula, Dennis Batte, Ali Sekimwanyi, Bugembe Hussein and Isa Masembe

Beach Soccer referees: Ivan Kintu Bayige, Muhammed Ssenteza, Shafic Mugerwa and Sekamenyi Bwengye

Assessors: Ronnie Kalema, Kabali Grace, Kisubi Zephas, Kalyango Ali, Basiisa Hussein, Ndaula M.S, Abbasi Ssendyowa, Asua Luke,  Alani Leo, Jimmy Wagana, Alfred Edrungi, Harriet Nattabi, Mansoor Kimumwe, Nelson Nsubuga, David Davis Katabira, Hilary Kimbugwe, Hajj Kamulegeya Yusuf, Suleiman Matovu, Kiwanuka Edirisa, Isabirye Michael, Waiswa Ajab, Nkono Amin Bbosa, Ayub Khamisi, Hajj Siraji Katono, Joseph Mwanje, Kizito Rahma, George Katumba Wamala, Masiko John Bosco, Mike Letti, Samuel Egesa and Freddie Wanyama

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

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