Nine class one ref­er­ees fail fit­ness test

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

NINE Class One ref­er­ees from the South­ern Re­gion and one from the North­ern Re­gion failed fit­ness tests con­ducted in Bu­l­awayo and Harare last week­end.

Prom­i­nent among them is Mlin­deli Ndebele, who could not make it through the rig­or­ous phys­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion for the sec­ond time this year. Ndebele was the only ca­su­alty in the April test.

Zim­babwe Ref­er­ees Com­mit­tee vice-chair­man Glad­more Muzambi said 85 ref­er­ees from the South­ern Re­gion were taken through their paces by Mor­ris Banda at the Na­tional Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (Nust), while the North­ern Re­gion tested 76 ref­er­ees at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium B Arena.

“In Harare only one ref­eree, Pets Nap­waro from Maron­dera in Mashona­land East failed to com­plete the test, while one ref­eree did not take part on a doc­tor’s ad­vice. Nine fell by the way­side in Bu­l­awayo with one be­ing ad­vised by doc­tors not to take part,” said Muzambi.

With the week­end’s tests be­ing the last for this year, ref­er­ees that failed now have to wait for an­other go in 2017 and will, in the mean­time, not of­fi­ci­ate in any of­fi­cial matches, ac­cord­ing to the rules.

“For Class Ones yes, it’s the end. Lower classes are do­ing their tests this week­end in the 10 prov­inces and that will mark the end of the year’s tests,” said Muzambi, whose com­mit­tee is chaired by Zifa pres­i­dent Philip Chiyangwa and also has Kainos Mavhuna, Japhet Mu­firi, Tha­bani Mkan­tjo and Musa Ntonga.

For the week­end tests, ref­er­ees were asked to pay $20 com­pared to $140 they were be­ing charged be­fore the new com­mit­tee took of­fice. “It’s clear now that we were be­ing robbed and some of us are even con­sid­er­ing seek­ing le­gal ad­vice to see whether we can de­mand to know how our money was used,” said a ref­eree, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity. Ref­er­ees that failed fit­ness tests: South­ern Re­gion: Nku­l­uleko Mpofu, Par­don Mutero, Man­dlenkosi Sibanda, Vic­tor Ndebele, Sam­bulo Dube, James Hari­rari, Mlin­deli Ndebele, Ru­gare Ku­sosa, Praise Mk­w­evo

North­ern Re­gion: Pets Nap­waro

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