By Thomas Odongo
22 Ugandan football referees on Saturday received FIFA (Federation of International Football Association) badges in a function held at Jevine Hotel in Kampala.
FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo presided over the event and handed over the badges to the successful match officials.
"We (FUFA) have a vision of becoming the number one football Nation in Africa both on and off the field. Our mission is about development, promotion and protection of the game in Uganda,’’ Magogo said at the event.
He also added that referees have a huge role role to play in development of the game. He also urged match officials to be professional and defend the FIFA badge at all time.
FUFA Referees’ standing committee chairperson Ronnie Kalema and other FUFA Executive committee members attended the event.
"I urge all the referees to maintain the three key pillars that we hinge on as FUFA in the field of refereeing; Integrity, Fitness and Performance (IFP). I am glad that we have new faces on board who will learn a lot from the experienced ones," Kalema noted.
The FUFA refereeing department is currently working within all the means to protect the three key pillars; Integrity, fitness and performance. There is a new breed of football referees cropping up in Uganda and the better part of the story is that even females are involved.
The full list Referees that got FIFA Badges
Referees (Men): Brian Miiro Nsubuga, Mashood Ssali, Alex Muhabi, Ali Sabilla Chelangat, William Oloya
Assistant referees (Men): Mark Ssonko, Dick Okello, Ronald Katenya, Lee Okello, Musa Balikoowa Ngobi, Issa Masembe
Referees (Women): Shamirah Nabadda, Diana Murungi, Florence Ayaro
Assistant referees (Women): Lydia Nantabo Wanyama, Catherine Cynthia Nagaddya, Marex Nakitto Nkumbi, Jane Mutonyi
Beach Soccer: Ivan Kintu Bayige, Shafic Mugerwa, Muhammad Ssenteza, Keneddy Kawagga Bazirio