ZIFA to pro­mote more refs

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sports Re­porter

THE ZIFA Ref­er­ees Com­mit­tee have lived up to their pledge to de­velop more match of­fi­cials and will this week­end take their pro­grammes to Harare and Bu­l­awayo where they will train mem­bers from the North­ern and South­ern zones of the coun­try.

ZRC vice chair­man Glad­more Muzambi said they were look­ing to build depth within their struc­tures where there has been a dearth of young ref­er­ees.

Muzambi will also be one of the in­struc­tors at the cour­ses which are ex­pected to at­tract bud­ding ref­er­ees from var­i­ous prov­inces that sur­round Harare and Bu­l­awayo. The vet­eran ref­er­ees’ ad­min­is­tra­tor and match com­mis­sioner said the match of­fi­cials would also play some mini games to en­hance their un­der­stand­ing of some match sit­u­a­tions that would con­front them.

“We are hav­ing pro­mo­tional ex­ams for class 2 ref­er­ees to class 1 and class three ref­er­ees to class 2. This ex­er­cise is tar­get­ing young ref­er­ees be­low 25 years of age, both male and fe­male and we will have 10 per prov­ince con­verg­ing at two cen­tres, Harare and Bu­l­awayo on Satur­day 13 Oc­to­ber.

“We will have two cen­tres and in Harare, the in­struc­tors will be Al­fred Zin­dove, Masakadza Makonese and my­self. In Bu­l­awayo, Sa­belo Maphosa, John Mutero and Phila Khabo will pre­side over the ex­er­cise.

“These will con­duct the tech­ni­cal, phys­i­cal and the­ory tests. The tech­ni­cal tests in­clude short du­ra­tion games for five min­utes per set of ref­er­ees to gauge their abil­ity to read the mod­ern game sit­u­a­tions.

“The the­ory tests in­clude laws of the game, hand­ball tests and off­side sit­u­a­tions. Then they will be tested for fit­ness us­ing the FIFA fit­ness test­ing model.

“All cat­e­gories of tests will be quite rig­or­ous and meant to se­lect the best and young ref­er­ees,’’ Muzambi said.

In widen­ing their base of match of­fi­cials, the ZRC also seem to have ful­filled one of the ma­jor wishes of their chair­man and ZIFA pres­i­dent Philip Chiyangwa, who has called for more cour­ses for the ref­er­ees in the lower leagues around the prov­inces and area zones. Chiyangwa, who was ad­dress­ing top lo­cal ref­er­ees at a FIFA Elite Course in Harare, also as­sured them of ZIFA and his per­sonal sup­port for their wel­fare, but warned them against cor­rup­tion and match-fix­ing.

“Foot­ball is a gate­way to a lot of things, you have seen it with many African play­ers who have gone on to play and earn big money in Europe. You, too, can grow your pro­files and find your way into such in­sti­tu­tions like FIFA, CAF and COSAFA. I want to say that Felix (Tan­gawarima) and my­self are the faces of Zim­bab­wean foot­ball to the world, but we should em­power more peo­ple to get into these dif­fer­ent bod­ies.

“I am happy with the num­bers, (of par­tic­i­pants), but I would want to see the train­ing cas­cad­ing down to the lower leagues so that we can in­crease the pro­duc­tion,” Chiyangwa said.

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