The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has submitted 23 names of referees for the treasured FIFA badge, to be considered during the 2019 footballing season.
“Currently Uganda has 21 International referees but FIFA decides on the allocation of referees to each Member Association.
“The list was reached on after the mandatory fitness tests then presented to the FUFA Executive Committee for approval,” noted Ronnie Kalema, the chairperson of the Uganda Football Referees Association (URFA) as quoted by the FUFA website.
There are three noticeable new faces proposed for Florence Ayaro (women center referee), Eunice Tiwuwe (assistant female referee) and Keneddy Bazirio Kawagga (beach soccer).
The list has the expected figures who have been holders of this badge as Brian Miiro Nsubuga, Mashood Ssali, Alex Muhabi, Ali Sabilla Chelengat and William Oloya among the men center referees.
The maintained assistant male referees are; Mark Ssonko, Dick Okello, Ronald Katenya, Lee Okello, Musa Balikoowa Ngobi and Issa Masembe.
Beach soccer old faces are Ivan Kintu Bayige, Muhammed Ssenteza and Shafic Mugerwa.
Shamirah Nabadda and Diana Murungi are the maintained names from the female side whilst Lydia Nantabo Wanyama, Catherine Cythia Nagaddya, Marex Nakitto Nkumbi, Jane Mutonyi have also been maintained among the female assistants.
Habiba Naigaga, recovering from maternity leave, Issa Masembe and veteran Aisha Nabikko Ssemmambo (about to reach the mandatory 45 year old mark) are some of the missing key names.
Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) will confirm the new list before the end of the year.
Proposed List (2019 Season):
- Referees (Men): Brian Miiro Nsubuga, Mashood Ssali, Alex Muhabi, Ali Sabilla Chelangat, William Oloya
- Assistant referees (Men): Mark Ssonko, Dick Okello, Ronald Katenya, Lee Okello, Musa Balikoowa Ngobi, Issa Masembe
- Referees (Women): Shamirah Nabadda, Diana Murungi, Florence Ayaro
- Assistant referees (Women): Lydia Nantabo Wanyama, Catherine Cythia Nagaddya, Marex Nakitto Nkumbi, Jane Mutonyi, Eunice Tiwuwe
- Beach Soccer: Ivan Kintu Bayige, Shafic Mugerwa, Muhammad Ssenteza, Keneddy Bazirio Kawagga