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Capacity Building: Elite Referees Undergo Integrated Training

As a move towards improving the officiation in the game of football, the Uganda Football Referees Association (UFRA) holds monthly integrated training sessions to ensure all the National referees are fit and in the right state of mind to execute their duties on the pitch as expected.

A total of 50 elite referees have today undergone the training that aims at improving their performance while on duty both domestic  and international.

Elite referees pay attention to CAF Instructor Catherine Adipo as she demonstrates during the fitness training at Lugogo

With the many competitions run by FUFA, the Chairman Uganda Football Referees Association (UFRA) Ronnie Kalema believes that such pieces of training improve the referees hence proper execution while handling any given football match in terms of positioning of the referee, decision making and consistency in decisions on different matches.

‘FUFA has a number of competitions to deliver and referees must implement the 17 FUFA Laws of the game properly.  We hold  joint training sessions with our instructors to highlight key areas where improvement is needed ‘ noted Kalema

Chairman Uganda Football Referees Association (UFRA) Ronnie Kalema while speaking to the media

Developing referees helps to take the game to another level’ added Kalema

Retired referee Assessor, FIFA and CAF trained instructor Denis Batte emphasised on the aspect of reading and interpreting the laws of the game appropriately.

‘We are mainly interested in a referee who will ably integrate the technical and physical aspects during the game. We are also addressing reading and understanding the amendments and knowing how to apply them’ noted Batte.

Referees Assessor Denis Batte while speaking to the media

‘We hold such trainings to check the fitness levels of referees and make recommendations to the committee for appointments to handle respective games. We also send training programs to each referee in their regions, monitor and assess before any appointment’ noted  National Referees Physical Fitness Instructor Ali Kalyango

National  FUFA Fitness Instructor Ali Kalyango while speaking to the media at Lugogo on Sunday

The referees that undergo such exercises are FIFA and FUFA badge holders whom we promote to officiate in the Uganda Premier league.


Rosebell Rwamuyamba (Standing L) and CAF instructor Catherine Adipo with female  referees after the training on Sunday at Lugogo
Referees undergoing training at Lugogo on Sunday

List of participants

  1. Benon Kamala. K
  2. Oloya William
  3. Makwali Robert
  4. Madanda Ronald
  5. Olem George
  6. Ochom Joseph
  7. Semere Asadu
  8. Waiswa Muzamiru. K
  9. Opio Deogracious Oguti
  10. Kalibbala John Bosco
  11. Kasalirwe Lucky
  12. Luberanga Nicholas
  13. Mpyangu Siraje
  14. Balikoowa Musa Ngobi
  15. Atiku Rahman
  16. Kasoone George
  17. Khalidi Muyaga
  18. Okudra Emmanuel
  19. Kyeyune Micheal
  20. Lusambya Solomon
  21. Osire Juma
  22. Gilbert Ngyendo
  23. Atusinguza Robson John
  24. Mbabazi Samuel
  25. Nassolo Elizabeth
  26. Nakitto Marex Nkumbi
  27. Kimayo Stephen
  28. Zzikia Charles Edward
  29. Ogwal Boniface
  30. Kakembo Ahmed
  31. Mustaphah Mafumu
  32. Kiweewa Emmanuel
  33. Mulindwa Hakim
  34. Mutonyi Jane
  35. Nabadda Shamirah
  36. Rajab Bakasambe
  37. Friday Noah
  38. Batte Denis
  39. Adipo Catherine
  40. Kimumwe Mansur
  41. Ndawula M.S
  42. Nkurunziza George
  43. Atuhaire Docus
  44. Egesa W. Samuel
  45. Kalema Ronnie
  46. Amin Bbosa
  47. Ali Tomusange


MAIN PHOTO: Assistant referees in action during the training at Lugogo on Sunday morning

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