Some of the Uganda's international referees after getting their 2019 badges. PHOTO: DAVID ISABIRYE
Some of the Uganda’s international referees after getting their 2019 badges. PHOTO: DAVID ISABIRYE

Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has embarked on a policy to teach all the 22 international referees the French language.

The development was confirmed by the FUFA President Moses Magogo as he handled over FIFA Badges for the 2019 season to the referees at Jevine Hotel, Rubaga in Kampala.

Magogo who is also a CAF Executive Committee member and chairs the Futsal and Beach Soccer Committee noted that French is an international language that is widely used across the world and therefore the need for the referees to fluently speak it as an aiding tool.

Self-development is key for referees in a number of areas such as language diversity and ITC. At FUFA, we are starting the French lessons which will be fully facilitated by the federation. They are optional. FUFA has a vision of becoming the number one footballing nation in Africa. Our mission is about development, protection and promotion of football in Uganda. Referees have a role to play in development of the game. Defend this badge at all times. Everybody has a role to play in promotion of this beautiful game – football. It takes us to make it what it is. Promotion, protection of the game is also very crucial. Fitness and integrity are important keys. Defend the Badge by performance. If it is time to retire, choose it. Go and rest on a high. Choose the right moment to. Choose the right moment to everything comes to an end. Let us not choose it for you. Mentor the young who are aspiring to come.

Moses Magogo, FUFA President and CAF Executive Committee member
Moses Magogo addresses the referees and the media at Jevine Hotel, Kampala

The 22 Ugandan referees received their badges on Saturday, 12 January 2019.

 FUFA Referee’s committee chairperson, also an executive committee member urged the referees to uphold the three key pillars; Integrity, fitness and performance at all times.

Mark Ssonko (left) gets his FIFA Badge from Ronnie Kalema

Florence Ayaro and beach soccer referee Keneddy Kawagga Bazirio are the new faces on the 22 man list.

For starters, the FIFA Badge serves only 365 days before new ones are issued. The federation recommends the personnel suitable to have that badge based on performance.

FIFA Referee Shamira Nabadda (left) gets her FIFA Badge from FUFA First Vice President Justus Mugisha

The full list of Ugandan FIFA Referees 2019

Referees (Men): Brian Miiro Nsubuga, Mashood Ssali, Alex Muhabi (Doctor), 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 Cynthia Nagaddya, Marex Nakitto Nkumbi, Jane Mutonyi

Beach Soccer: Ivan Kintu Bayige, Shafic Mugerwa, Muhammad Ssenteza, Keneddy Kawagga Bazirio

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

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