For now, the fate of 23 referees from Uganda remains unknown concerning the status for the 2019 FIFA badges.
The local football governing body, Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) submitted the names to the world’s parent body, Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) to be taken into consideration.
According to the chairperson of the Uganda Football Referees Association (URFA), Ronnie Kalema, the 23 referees were considered after the mandatory fitness tests and final approval by the FUFA Executive committee.
FIFA now has the right to allocate the number of referees who will hold the treasured badges for the year 2019.
Currently Uganda has 21 International referees.
There are five senior male center referees to include; the celebrated Brian Miiro Nsubuga, Mashood Ssali, Alex Muhabi, Ali Sabilla Chelengat and William Oloya; all of whom have been having the badges for the year, 2018.
The assistants forwarded for consideration are; Mark Ssonko, Dick Okello, Ronald Katenya, Lee Okello, Musa Balikoowa Ngobi and Issa Masembe.
Those handling beach soccer are; Ivan Kintu Bayige, Muhammed Ssenteza and Shafic Mugerwa with a new face in Keneddy Bazirio Kawagga.
The female center referees; Shamirah Nabadda, Diana Murungi and Florence Ayaro were recommended for the 2019 badges.
For starters, Nabadda was the only Ugandan considered for the 2018 CAF Young Talent referees development programme.
Lydia Nantabo Wanyama, Catherine Cythia Nagaddya, Marex Nakitto Nkumbi, Jane Mutonyi and a new comer Eunice Tiwuwe were maintained among the female assistants.
The notable names missing on the list include; Habiba Naigaga (recovering from maternity leave), Anna Akoyi as well as the vastly experienced Aisha Nabikko Ssemmambo (about to reach the mandatory 45 year old mark).
Proposed List (2019 Season):
- Referees (Men): Brian Miiro Nsubuga, Mashood Ssali, Alex Muhabi, Ali Sabilla Chelangat, William “Engineer” 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