Top ref omit­ted from Fifa fi­fit­ness, med­i­cal test list

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

MATA­BELE­LAND South-based ref­eree Nduna Nkosana has been omit­ted from the Fifa ap­proved fit­ness and med­i­cal test list for the elite Fifa ref­er­ees that will be used to se­lect in­ter­na­tional ref­er­ees for 2017.

The Zim­babwe Ref­er­ees Com­mit­tee said there was noth­ing sin­is­ter about leav­ing out Nkosana, although he re­mains one of the best ref­er­ees in the coun­try. The com­mit­tee said the de­ci­sion was to do with the Zim­babwe Pris­ons and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices of­fi­cial’s age, as he had sur­passed the age cap mark.

“Nduna re­mains one of the ca­pa­ble se­nior ref­er­ees on the Zifa panel, (but) just like Masakadza Makonese they can no longer be con­sid­ered for the Fifa panel hence they will be in­vited for the Zifa panel se­lec­tion test af­ter the Fifa se­lec­tion test. There will also be sep­a­rate tests for the other ref­er­ees’ cat­e­gories be­low, af­ter that then the dif­fer­ent pan­els for the re­spec­tive cat­e­gories will be for­mu­lated for the re­main­der of the sea­son,” said Zim­babwe Ref­er­ees Com­mit­tee vicechair­per­son Glad­more Muzambi.

Muzambi’s com­mit­tee called 48 ref­er­ees for the fit­ness and ex­am­i­na­tion test set for Harare on Mon­day next week. The of­fi­cials will un­dergo a med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion on Sun­day evening be­fore tak­ing to the track at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium’s B-Arena the fol­low­ing day.

Among those called for the test are eight fe­male ref­er­ees that in­clude five from Bu­l­awayo Tam­budzai Tawengwa, Faith Mloyi and sis­ters Saneliso and Si­bonokuhle Sibanda.

Also mak­ing it is Salani Ncube, Phi­lani Ncube, Peter Simu­tenda, Hardlife Ndazi, Allen Basvi and Bril­liant Sibanda. Ref­er­ees list for the Fifa ap­proved test: Norman Mate­mera, Ruzive Ruzive, No­more Musundire, Thanks Nyahuye, Tap­fu­maneyi Mutengwa, Josiah Masimira, Pedzi­sai Chadya, Luck­son Mhara, Adam Mutenha, Vic­tor Kam­badzo, Chenai Ndoro, Asthma Mataya, Collen Muringayi Chen­jerai Chi­humbiri, Stel­lah Ruvinga, Bon­gani Gadzikwa, Welling­ton Mazam­bani, Alois Mu­zorori, Lawrence Zi­mondi, Brighton Nyika, Pi­lan Ncube, Salani Ncube, Faith Mloyi, Tam­budzai Tawengwa, Saneliso Sibanda, Tem­binkosi Sibanda, Allen Basvi, Peter Simu­tenda, Hardlife Ndazi, Bril­liant Sibanda, Oscah Bumhe, Si­bonokuhle Sibanda, Melody Ncube, Claris Si­mango, Arnold Ncube, Jimmy Mak­wanda, Brighton Chimene, Antony Siyavhunda, Kuda Majo, Bernard Matenga, Thomas Masaa, Thomas Ku­sosa, Edgar Rumeck, Muroiwa Vir­i­mai, Tha­bani Ba­mala, Mun­yaradzi Ma­joni, Allen Pare­hwa and Nyarai Chirwa. — @skhu­moyo2000

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