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FIFA, National Referees undergo successful medical, physical fitness tests

Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has on Saturday held the physical fitness tests for the national and international referees.

This was a day after the medical examination of these referees.

A total of 50 referees (23 FIFA) and 22 national referees underwent the tests at FUFA Technical Center, Njeru and StarTimes Stadium – Lugogo in Kampala.

Ali Kalyango and Ronald Mwesigwa supervised the crop of referees at Njeru, all of them international referees.

At Lugogo, Ronnie Kalema (Chairman FUFA Referees Standing Committee) alongside Rosebell Rwamuyamba, Ali Tomusange, JB Masiko, Kizito Rahman Nansubuga, Samuel Kayondo and Ndawula Muhammed Shaban.

Referees undertaking the drills at the StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo

According to Kalema, this exercise is undertaken four times in a year in a bid to ascertain the level of fitness for the referees ahead of continental assignments and national events as the StarTimes Uganda Premier League, StarTimes FUFA Big League, Stanbic FUFA Uganda Cup, FUFA Drum among others.

Ronnie Kalema talks to the media after the drills at Lugogo

‘FUFA is here to deliver refereeing as we professionalize the game. The significance of physical fitness tests is to ensure quality of the referees in the country.’ Kalema noted.

FIFA Female Center Referee Shamira Nabadda

Rahman Kizito Nansubuga, an Instructor described the exercise as an annual event aimed at preparing referees for  international and national league games.

‘These sessions also helped check on the endurance, speed and acceleration of referees to match the modern game.’ Kizito disclosed.

Female FIFA Assistant Referee Lydia Nantabo during the paces at Njeru
Lydiia Nantabo and Jane Mutonyi both are FIFA Assistant Referees
Some of the male referees who were at Lugogo
FIFA Referees in physical fitness drills at the FUFA Technical Center, Njeru

This exercise is meant to establish their fitness levels as well as to update and refresh their knowledge and skills in the discharge of their abilities.

The objective was to update the participants on the Laws of the Game as well as evaluate their fitness and technical abilities for upcoming major competitions in the new season such as StarTimes Uganda Premier League, FUFA Drum, Stanbic Uganda Cup among others.

Some of the supervisors on duty at Lugogo

FIFA Referees Men:

Mashood Ssali, Alex Muhabi, Ali Sabilla Chellangat, William Oloya, Ronald Madanda

FUFA Referees Men:

Rajab Bakasambe, Deogratius Opio, George Olemu, Asadu Semere, Robert Donney, Paul Turyamureba, Nasser Mohammed Kirya. John Bosco Kalibala, Muzamiru Waiswa, Lucky Kasalirwe, Ali Kaddu Kizza

FIFA Referees Women:

Shamirah Nabada, Diana Murungi

FUFA Referees Women:

Florence Ayaro, Immaculate Achillo, Habibah Naigaga

FIFA Assistant Referees Men:

Dick Okello, Okello Lee, Ronald Katenya, Isa Masembe, Hakim Mulindwa, Okudra Emmanuel

FUFA Assistant Referees Men:

Robson Atusinguza, Paul Omara, Rahman Atiku, Ahmed Kakembo, Mustafa Mafumu, Samuel Mbabali, Juma Osire, Shafiq Lulenzi, Ibrahim Ssekanjako,Mathias Omunyira, Gilbert Ngyendo, Noah Friday, Timothy Gumisiriza

FIFA Assistant Referees Women:

Lydia Nantabo Wanyama, Malex Nakito Nkumbi, Jane Mutonyi, Docus Atuhaire

FUFA Assistant Referees Women:

Elizabeth Nasolo, Eunice Tiwuwe, Oliver Nakito, Hawa Nyangoma

FIFA Beach Soccer Referees Men:

Kintu Ivan Bayige, Mugerwa Shafiq, Ssenteza Mohammed, Kawaga Kennedy Bazlio

FIFA Futsal Referees Men:

Nsubuga Emmy Brian, Ssengendo Isaac

FUFA Futsal Referees Men:

Kazoora Emmanuel, Mulindwa Ismail

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