By Thomas Odongo
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) Young Referees course held at Sheraton Hotel Kampala was successfully concluded on Tuesday.
The course that started from 14th September attracted young referees from all over the continent.
The final ceremony was attended by CAF and FUFA delegates who expressed delight in the course.
FUFA’s 1st Vice President Justus Mugisha represented FUFA President Moses Magogo who was away on federation duties.
While addressing the media and the day celebrants, Mugisha urged the young referees on working hard, being ethical and promoting their talent.
“Integrity is key if you are to go higher as young referees. Our mission as FUFA is to make Uganda the number one nation in Africa on and off the pitch by developing, promoting and protecting the game of football. When it comes to protecting, it is mainly referees that we look forward to,” said Mugisha.
CAF Referees’ Committee member Pierre-Alain Mounguengui also attended the closing ceremony and emphasized the young referees to work hard.
“You are lucky that you still have space to attain more success. You just need to work hard,” he said.
Referees were taken through various issues among others; fitness, ethics and professionalism.
Uganda was represented by Isa Masembe and Shamirah Nabadda.
List of referees who attended the course;
Male Referees: Nabil Boukhalfa (Algeria), Ligali Adissa Abdoul Raphiou (Benin), Tirelo Mositwane (Botswana), Georges Gatogato (Burundi), Daurte Fabricio (Cape Verde), Bilal Abdallah Ismael (Djibouti), Mahrous Mahmoud A. H. Ahmed (Egypt), Mogos Teklu Tsegay (Eritrea), Atcho Pierre (Gabon), Huraywidah Abdulwahid (Libya), Dahane Beida (Mauritania), Ali Moussa Mohamed (Niger), Artan Omar Abdulkadir (Somalia), Christopher Harrison (South Africa) and Haythem Guirat (Tunisia).
Assistant Referees: Eric Aymavo Ayamr (Benin), Kitso Sibanda Madondo (Botswana), Habib Sanou Judicael Oumar (Burkina Faso), Herve Kakunze (Burundi), Brahim Ahmat Adam (Chad), Martin Mukala (DR Congo), Ditsoga Boris Marlaise (Gabon), Babajee Ram (Mauritius), Akerkad Mustapha (Morocco), Mutuyimana Dieudonne (Rwanda), Dos Reis Montenegero Miro (Sao Tome and Prinicipe), Van Wyk Mervin John (South Africa), Soud Iddi Lila (Tanzania), Hassan Khalil (Tunisia) and Isa Masembe (Uganda).
Female Referees: Atman Lamia (Algeria), Abebe Tsehaynesh (Ethiopia), Madu Ndidi Patience (Nigeria), Amara Hedia (Tunisia) and Shamirah Nabadda (Uganda).