Kaba Joins CAF Referees Committee

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–Commends Bility for recommendation

Former secretary general of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) and the brains behind the Liberia Referees Committee, Idrissa Kaba, has been appointed as member of the CAF Referees Committee following a recommendation by LFA President Musa Bility.

The appointment was announced by the President of the Liberia Football Association following the end of an emergency meeting of CAF Executive Committee in Cairo, Egypt, over the weekend.

The seven man referees’ committee is responsible to assign referees for CAF competitions, and Liberia’s Kaba is responsible to manage referees that would handle competitions organized by the West Africa Football Union (WAFU).

“I am glad that finally Liberia is being recognized in this particular area that is the central to the growth of football,” Kaba told the Daily Observer in an interview on Friday, when the announcement was made. “I want to commend Mr. Bility for recognizing our commitment to the improvement of the game.”

Kaba, who holds a B.A degree in French from the Gamal Abdel Nasser University of Cairo, Egypt and BA in Mass Communication from the University of Liberia, promises to make Liberia proud.

“This is a great challenge,” he admitted, “for you to be looked up to select credible match officials because they must hold on to fair play as their yardstick in the discharge of their duties.”

Kaba, who is a retired FIFA Badge referee, holds several certificates and diplomas from FIFA organized courses in Egypt, Swaziland, Ghana, Gambia, and Liberia.

As administrator, he has played supervisory roles from at the LFA Gardnersville Sub-Committee, and the LFA Finance Committee (1992-97). He was chief referee of the Liberia Football Association from 1997-2004.

He has also played an inspirational role in the founding and progress of the Liberia Referees Committee and continues to provide oversight to ensure that young referees develop enough confidence to discharge their responsibilities in football.

He said the emotional nature that is central to football demands consistent readiness by those who interpret the laws of the game to make the game enjoyable to all contestants and their supporters.

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