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DEARTH OF REFRESHER COURSES CRIPPLING REFEREEING STANDARDS

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By Lusekero Mhango

Inadequate financial investments by football authorities to conduct refresher courses for referees is said to be contributing to the dwindling standards of refereeing in the country, a referee instructor has noted.

Zooza Nyondo, a retired soccer referee, made the observation in Karonga recently at the end of a three day refresher course for 22 referees from Karonga and Chitipa.

From his observation, dearth of such important trainings is making the country’s referees porous to committing errors whilst in the line of duty as they may be far from modern footballing standards.

“We can’t get the best out of our players if we don’t have sound referees in our league but for that to happen, our refs need frequent refresher courses for the betterment of the game,” he said.

Nyondo is hopeful the training he administered will improve the face of soccer in the two districts whose participants originated from.

“Football is a changing game and the rules are always changing too hence there must be more interest by our football authorities to pump in finances in order to orient our referees with the latest rule changes. I’m hopeful the participants will apply whatever they have learnt here to our various matches,” he hoped.

One of the participants at the training, Anna Gondwe expressed gratitude to Karonga district Referees Committee (KDRC) for organizing such a seminar.

She said the refresher course has been an eye opener as she has been enlightened with the new football rules that are set to come to effect by FIFA in June.

“Such courses are desirable as they update our knowledge on the modern trend of events in the game.” She praised.

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