Zim ref­er­ees urged to be calm ahead of Fifa tests

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Reporter

ZIM­BABWE ref­er­ees have been urged not to panic as the dead­line for the sub­mis­sion of nom­i­na­tions for the 2017 Fifa ref­er­ees lists draws closer.

Their lead­er­ship is adamant that they will meet the Oc­to­ber 2 dead­line.

All nom­i­nated ref­er­ees must pass a Fifa ap­proved fit­ness and med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion on or af­ter June 2 and Zim­babwe has not had that test since that time. The first and last test they did was way back in April, rais­ing fears and panic within the ref­er­ees that the dead­line day might ar­rive with­out any test be­ing done which will spell dis­as­ter for them as they will not be el­i­gi­ble for con­sid­er­a­tion in the pres­ti­gious Fifa list.

How­ever, the newly ap­pointed Zim­babwe Ref­er­ees Com­mit­tee deputy chair­per­son Glad­more Muzambi yes­ter­day said all was in place for the ref­er­ees to be taken through their paces.

“We are run­ning around try­ing to or­gan­ise that but I can as­sure you and the na­tion that we are go­ing to meet the Oc­to­ber 2 dead­line,” said the re­tired ref­eree, him­self a cer­ti­fied ref­er­ees in­struc­tor.

He said they would be in a po­si­tion to give the ex­act ex­am­i­na­tion date by to­day or to­mor­row.

“The pro­posed ref­er­ees shall be at least 25 years old (23 years old in the case of as­sis­tant ref­er­ees) on 1 Jan­uary of the year for which they have been nom­i­nated.

“Ref­er­ees must be born no later than 12.31.1991 and as­sis­tant ref­er­ees must be born no later than 12.31.1993 in or­der to en­sure a min­i­mum level of ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Fifa re­serves the right to re­quire ref­er­ees over the age of 45 (born in 1972 or be­fore) to un­dergo ad­di­tional tech­ni­cal as­sess­ments as well as spe­cific med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tions and fit­ness test­ing on a case-by-case ba­sis. Each can­di­date must be ranked based on the marks ob­tained for of­fi­ci­at­ing games at the na­tional level dur­ing the 12 months prior to be­ing nom­i­nated to the list of in­ter­na­tional ref­er­ees,” reads a com­mu­niqué from the world football moth­er­body Fifa which was sent to all the as­so­ci­a­tions. — @skhu­moyo2000.

Zim­babwe Ref­er­ees (fi­file photo)

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