48 ref­er­ees se­lected for Fifa fit­ness exam

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

FORTY-EIGHT ref­er­ees have been in­vited to take part in the elite ref­er­ees Fifa ap­proved fit­ness and med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion test set for Harare on Septem­ber 26.

Of the in­vited num­ber eight are fe­male ref­er­ees.

The an­nounce­ment by the Zim­babwe Ref­er­ees Com­mit­tee puts to rest fears that the coun­try might fail to meet the Oc­to­ber 2 dead­line for the sub­mis­sion of nom­i­na­tions for the 2017 Fifa ref­er­ees list.

“All the named of­fi­cials will be re­quired to at­tend a med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion on Septem­ber 25 be­tween 6PM and 8PM and then on Mon­day morn­ing we go for the fit­ness test at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium B-Arena,” said the ZRC vice chair­man and re­tired ref­eree Glad­more Muzambi.

With Zim­babwe hav­ing a bal­looned fig­ure of over 90 ref­er­ees, which is out­side the rec­om­mended stan­dards, Muzambi said they in­vited only those who have been prac­tis­ing at the high­est level in the last two years.

It is a re­fresh­ing start for the newly ap­pointed com­mit­tee which is led by Zifa pres­i­dent Philip Chiyangwa as in pre­vi­ous years ‘green’ ref­er­ees would be fast tracked by some un­scrupu­lous of­fi­cials hence the huge fig­ure of ref­er­ees that the coun­try has now. “The list in­cludes those ref­er­ees who are al­ready on the Fifa and Zifa panel but have of­fi­ci­ated for two years and above as per laid down statutes,” said Muzambi. The pro­posed ref­er­ees shall be at least 25 years old (23 years old in the case of as­sis­tant ref­er­ees) on Jan­uary 1 of the year for which they have been nom­i­nated. Ref­er­ees must be born no later than De­cem­ber 31, 1991 and as­sis­tant ref­er­ees must be born no later than De­cem­ber 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. Zim­babwe has 17 match of­fi­cials on the Fifa in­ter­na­tional list made up of nine male of­fi­cials, six fe­male and two fut­sal ref­er­ees — @skhu­moyo2000.

Zifa pres­i­dent Philip Chiyangwa

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