Cosafa to host refereeing workshop in Windhoek

24 May 2016 11:30am
WINDHOEK, 24 MAY (NAMPA) - The Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) refereeing committee will host a three-day referee pre-tournament course in Windhoek from 07 to 09 June.
The course is aimed at ensuring that match officials are in top shape for the 2016 Cosafa Cup tournament set for 11 to 25 June 2016 at the Sam Nujoma and Independence stadiums. Fourteen countries will vie for regional honours.
Namibia will defend the cup won in South Africa last year.
Former Namibia Football Association (NFA) president and the current chairperson of the Cosafa regional football body's referees committee, John Muinjo will host the workshop.
A media statement availed to Nampa on Monday by the NFA quoted Muinjo as saying the workshop will cover issues such as integrated training sessions, the revised laws of the game, tactical approaches to the modern game, as well as fitness tests.
“Everyone who will be part of the competition will attend this course so that they know what is expected of them and to assess their fitness levels as well as knowledge with regards to the updated laws of the game.
“Refereeing is central to the competition and we need to make sure that match officials are well prepared. The rules and regulations of the Cosafa tournament will be highlighted as well,” he said.
Muinjo added that referees will be monitored on a daily basis during the tournament through debriefing sessions every morning after the game to correct the mistakes they might have made and prepare them for the games ahead.
“Referees found to be below par at this tournament are normally sent home because at this level the combination of experience, talent and effort are key; referees are crucial and their decisions will make this competition,” he said.
Namibian referees and assistants who are not part of the tournament will be invited to attend the pre-tournament workshop.