20 Oct 2017 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 20 OCT (NAMPA) The Namibia Football Referees Committee is ready for the upcoming 2017/18 Namibia Premier League (NPL) football season which kicks off here on Friday evening.
Spike Hidengwa, the fitness assessor for local referees, said 52 referees from all 14 regions participated in a fitness test that took place in Windhoek on 20 September. Only eight failed the test.
Speaking to Nampa via telephone from his base in northern Namibia, Hidengwa said the test was for member association match officials, including those who are already on the Confederation of African Football (Caf) and International Federation of Association Football (Fifa) panel.
The match officials are physically fit to handle the upcoming season. They demonstrated during the test that they have been keeping themselves physically fit, he said.
Referees coordinator, Absalom Goseb said for this upcoming season, they have promoted seven youngsters to the elite league of referees.
While the Namibia Premier League was dormant, Namibian football was active; we had several junior leagues playing and we also had the Debmarine Namibia Cup taking pace, hence we are satisfied that technically, our referees are ready, said Goseb.
As for Caf and Fifa nominations, there are standards which are laid down by these two organisations, he said.
We make recommendations to these two organisations for referees that we feel can be considered for international games, said Goseb.
Some of the requirements for one to be considered by Caf and Fifa are that the referee must be over the age of 25 years and must have officiated at the top league for a consecutive three years.
Meanwhile, the first match will be between African Stars and Orlando Pirates at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, starting at 20h00.