Ref­er­ees warned

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ZIFA Ref­er­ees’ Com­mit­tee vice-chair­per­son Glad­more Muzambi has vowed to flush out all in­com­pe­tent match of­fi­cials in 2018. He also in­di­cated that all ref­er­ees who were un­duly el­e­vated in pre­vi­ous years will be rel­e­gated to their ap­pro­pri­ate classes.

Muzambi said this dur­ing a Sea­son Open­ing Re­fresher Course at Chan­cel­lor Pri­mary School last week­end.

The three day course at­tracted 67 of­fi­cials and match com­mis­sion­ers.

Zim­babwe foot­ball has been blighted by poor of­fi­ci­at­ing over the past years and in 2017 a num­ber of games were aban­doned due to poor of­fi­ci­at­ing.

“We will not tol­er­ate in­com­pe­tence this sea­son. We have some match of­fi­cials who are not as good as we ex­pected.

“The rea­son is that in the past two years, our ref­er­ees’ de­vel­op­ment and pro­mo­tion mech­a­nism was not han­dled prop­erly by the pre­vi­ous com­mit­tee.

“This sea­son we have de­cided to work on and cor­rect that. We have some match of­fi­cials who were ac­cel­er­ated to high lev­els when they do not de­serve to be there, and we will take cor­rec­tive ac­tion,” he said.

Muzambi said the match of­fi­cials who are un­der qual­i­fied will be rel­e­gated.

“Those of­fi­cials who were ac­corded un­duly will be rel­e­gated to their ap­pro­pri­ate class. We set a panel that will han­dle this.

“We will go through a cat­a­logue of our ref­er­ees and draw up a list of those who should be rel­e­gated.

“We are not only do­ing this to re­gions, but we did the same train­ing for all PSL ref­er­ees from Fe­bru­ary 26 to 28. We will be tar­get­ing Divi­sion two ref­er­ees soon.

“This sea­son we will have a re­view com­mit­tee which will look into re­ported cases of match of­fi­cials’ per­for­mances bi-monthly.

“Em­pha­sis this year go­ing for­ward will also be on qual­ity ref­er­ee­ing not quan­tity,” said Muzambi.

De­spite in­com­pe­tence in the match of­fi­cials, Muzambi said the stan­dards of ref­er­ee­ing in the coun­try was go­ing up.

“Our qual­ity has gone up over the years. Each time we have amend­ments, we up­raise our of­fi­cials on those new de­vel­op­ments,” said Muzambi.

ZIFA Eastern Re­gion ref­er­ees com­mit­tee tech­ni­cal in­struc­tor Phibeon Ngorima was im­pressed by the turnout.

“The turnout was good. We ap­pre­ci­ate the ef­forts by the ref­er­ees com­mit­tee be­cause this will pre­pare the ref­er­ees and match com­mis­sion­ers for the forth­com­ing sea­son.

“The course also helps to re­duce the gap be­tween the ref­er­ees and match com­mis­sion­ers,” he said.

Glad­more Muzambi (in red T-shirt)

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