FIFA Mentors 30 Trainee Referees

Thirty trainee referees drawn from the 10 provinces are undergoing induction under the FIFA Young Talent Referees Course in Lusaka.

FIFA instructors Ali Mohammed Ahmed and Mademba Mbacke are drilling the aspiring whistle-men over a five-day period.

FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala says the training of prospective referees will lay the ground for potential top whistle-men.

“We have satellite offices for coaches, administrators, and referees in all the provinces that help identify prospective referees. FAZ also has a tripartite agreement with the ministries of education and sport for grassroots football where referee and coach education are part of the program. Under the tripartite FIFA grassroots project, each school will train two coaches and referees that will help in the implementation of the program,” says Kashala.

“We are excited that today’s program is being conducted by a FIFA designated instructor which will help our budding referees get the best possible induction into this trade.”

He adds: “The FAZ 10-year strategic plan adequately covers the development of young talent, be it players, coaches, and referees. We are happy that one of our proteges Raphael Mbotela has caught the eye of Cosafa and will be part of the Region V games in Maseru. We have been tracking several other aspiring referees across the country that we will keep building to ensure that we have a wider pool of whistle men to take the mantle from the Janny Sikazwes, Diana Chikotesha and Gladys Lengwe among others.”

The FIFA instructors will run the rule on the budding referees with some physical, medical and theory examinations conducted on the mentees.






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