FIFA Referees Instructors Course Supports Development

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The recent FIFA sponsored Referees Instructors Course has provided means for participants to better understand the trends in the world’s number one sport, former FIFA badge referee Idrissa Kaba has said.

Kaba clarified to the Daily Observer yesterday that the course, held in the Egyptian capital, Cairo was a FIFA sponsored course and not a Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) course as previously published. It brought together nearly 50 former referees from national associations in Africa who now have the responsibility to be supported by their national associations to develop referees.

Kaba explained that while the Anglophone referees seminars were held in Cairo, Egypt and Mbabane, Swaziland in Southern Africa, another one was held for Francophone countries in Rabat, Morocco.

“Mr. Henric Carlos of South Africa is the development officer for English speaking Africa while Mr. Sidy Bekaye Magassa of Mali is the development officer for French speaking Africa,” Kaba said.

He said his colleagues, Mason Goe and Benedict Yarsiah who participated in the 6-day course (October 17-22) are ready to work for their country.

“We are back and ready to set the ball rolling to develop referees that will continue to improve the image of the game in Africa,” Kaba said.

Kaba and Goe participated in the technical referees’ instructors’ course while Yarsiah participated in the physical referees’ instructors’ course.

“We are grateful that Liberia has three referees who are qualified to teach others and I think the Liberia Football Association should make it a duty to make sure that any of the three ascends to higher positions in CAF,” he said.

CAF is the Confederation of African Football with headquarters in Cairo, Egypt and responsible for the development of soccer in Africa. It has positions for referees’ assessors, along with others, that travel to other countries to see how referees are playing by the rules.

Meanwhile, he appealed to Liberian referees to work with the ‘Laws of the Game’ to gain recognition to improve the image of Liberia in the soccer community.

He reminded them that referees play an important role in the enjoyment of the game. “We should not overlook this fact,” Kaba, who rose to become the secretary general of the Liberia Football Association, said.

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