11 Nov 2016 09:40am
WINDHOEK, 10 NOV (NAMPA) International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) Referee Instructor, Felix Tangawarima has high hopes for Namibian referees.
Tangawarima said he is pleased to see a good number of experienced and inexperienced referees.
I see some 19 and 20-year-olds, which is very good because it means that for many more years to come you will have good referees, he was quoted as saying in a media statement issued by the Namibia Football Association (NFA) on Thursday.
Tangawarima from Zimbabwe said their technical and theoretical ability is very promising and with the right support, Namibia will remain blessed with referees.
The course, which focused on the amendments of the Laws of the Game 2016/2017, started on Sunday morning with a fitness test of the more than 30 referees at the Independence Stadium and proceeded with theoretical and practical sessions at Football House in Katutura.
At the closing of the five-day course on Thursday afternoon, Tangawarima expressed satisfaction with the discipline of Namibian referees and the right combination of people, which can augur well for progression.
He said players and club officials need to read and understand the new rules as well as their impact on how they officiate.
Do not officiate games that are not sanctioned by the NFA as you are representing the association. Remain professionals. You are not politicians but technical people.
On his part, NFA Secretary-General, Barry Rukoro urged referees to aim high.
Go home and work hard on something you think is your special ability within refereeing, train hard and stand out. Our game can only be as good as our referees.
He said the NFA had 10 FIFA referees some years back, but now only has six.
Meanwhile, Namibian football is in limbo with no sponsorship available for the 2016/17 season. The Namibia Premier League might resume in February 2017, subject to availability of a N.dollars 24 million sponsorship.