One of Liberia’s best referees, Isaac T.Z. Montgomery, has emerged at the top of the physical training in the Physical Fitness Test amongst 33 referees drawn from all over Africa in the CAF Young Talent Referees Course in Cairo, Egypt.
According to Liberia Football Referees Association (LIFRA), Montgomery, in about six seconds, completed 40m, six times; as well as covered 12 lapses of 150m in less than 30 seconds.
Both uniformity tests are aimed to measure a referee’s fast run and high intensity.
The CAF Young Talent Referees training which runs from Monday, the 2nd to Monday, the 9th of June is in an effort to nurture and develop the continent’s young talented referees and assistant referees.
Sixteen center referees and seventeen assistant referees under the age of 30 from 25 African countries are participating in the course that is expected to end today.
LIFRA says Montgomerry, 28, expressed his thanks and appreciation to the LFA for the recognition and the organization for the recognition.
He said putting Liberia on the map of referees is one thing, but remaining on the list on FIFA referees is another challenge and hoped to become one of the best FIFA referees in Africa.
Apart of being a CAF/FIFA badge referees, Montgomery is an Accounting Instructor at the University of Liberia and Senior Accountant at Engineer and Planer.
The Cairo’s Young Talent Referees Course is Liberia’s third entrant. Jerry Yekeh and Francis Sannoh attended the first training, while the 2nd was attended only by Jerry Yekeh.
Meanwhile, during the 8-day training, the referees were subjected to various areas of tests including medical, physical fitness, practical and theoretical sessions, assessment of challenges and offside match analysis among others.
Participants includes: Issac Montgomery (Liberia), Aniette Ferdinand Odoh (Nigeria) , Allaister Barra (Seychelles), Baba Leno (Guinea), Sheriff Njie (Gambia), Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (Burundi), Jean Jacques Ngambo (DR Congo) and Abdoul Karim Twagiramukiza (Rwanda).
Others are Stanley Hachiwa (Zambia), Germain Koole Akintoye (Benin), Alhadji Allaou Mahamat (Chad), Abou Coulibaly (Ivory Coast), Eyang Joaquin Esono (Equatorial Guinea), Dennis Nguluwe (Malawi), Daouda Kebe (Senegal) and Nkounkou Mvoutou Messie Jessie (Congo).
The assistant referees are Francis Sannoh (Liberia), Azeez Orowole (Nigeria), Abdi Hamza Hadi (Somalia), Eldrick Adelaide (Seychelles), Sauru Phatsoane (Lesotho), Matheus Kanyanga (Namibia), Atango Samuel (Ethiopia), Cheruiyot Gilbert (Kenya), Abdoulaye Sylla (Guinea) and Jospin Malonga (Central Africa).
The others include Chiwoyu Sinyangwe (Zambia), Alain Zimulinda (Rwanda), Pascal Ndimunzigo (Burundi), Nabina Blaise Sebutu (DR Congo), Gbemassian Narcisse Kouton (Benin), Saiani Ncube (Zimbabwe) and Moyo Moutsassi (Congo).