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Refereeing: FIFA Member Association Youth Referees course climaxes

The future of football in Uganda and the entire world is bright.

Truely bright that the world’s parent body, Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) is day and night planning for fresh strategies to keep the game much alive.

From administration to technical departments, FIFA has always planned afresh.

In Uganda, a five-day FIFA MA Youth Referees Course organized by Federation of international Football Associations (FIFA) in conjunction with Federation of Uganda football Associations (FUFA) ended successfully on Friday at FUFA Technical center in Njeru, Jinja.


The course started on 25th and climaxed today 29th of August. 2016. FIFA Referees’ local Instructors Sam Egesa and Ali Tomusange from Uganda were the Course instructors.

Egesa attested to that;

This was the topmost Course for youthful Referees. The same instructions and guidelines taught to Referees Officiating in the FIFA World Cup or CAF African Cup of nations were taught to 31 Committed Ugandan youth Referees.

We want the participants to test their knowledge as we try to deliver the latest guidelines and teaching materials from FIFA.

We were not here to teach but share our knowledge which we gained both from FIFA and the FUFA.

We stressed on the off-side rule, handball situations and severity of incidents along with the Referee’s technique and management of the game.

I am very much overwhelmed with the response of the participants. They were active and disciplined all throughout and their commitment was seen to be believed.

The enthusiasm in their eyes said about it all. Usually you don’t get such Courses through any other source as only a FIFA Instructor can conduct such a Course.

He added;

FIFA usually organizes one Course per Member Association in one Calendar Year. But we consider Uganda to be a big nation when it comes to capacity building and this was prioritized by FUFA president in his manifesto. Hence, there have been many FIFA Courses in Uganda in the recent past


Chief Guest Chris Kalibala, also the chairman FUFA referees’ committee at Fufa on behalf of FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo thanked Fifa’s Egesa and Tomusange for their support and “down to Earth attitude.”

I need to thank them for going all out to educate our young Referees.

They are the future of our game in uganda and we want them to start with our junior football leagues at respective levels

This will help these referees mature faster and reach their goal of supervising matches at the highest level possible,” he pronounced.

The Course comprised of both theory and practical sessions. The 31 participants also had to appear in fitness tests.

Mr Tomusange conducted the practical sessions and implemented the FIFA 11 plus Programme which would help the Referees stay away from injuries.


The participants were demonstrated all the latest exercises for injury prevention. We even had match situations – for example, on Saturday, we enacted penalty area incidents. It was all about integrated training.”

Kalibala also had a special word of praise the manner FIFA and FUFA organised the Course. “Over the last eight months this year we have had upto over 20 Courses and I need to mention that this was the first time I saw young Referees being looked after at by Fufa and Fifa in Uganda. I need to congratulate Fufa for that. Egesa and his colleague Tomusange have been of immense help,” he concluded.

The list of 31 participants:

Farooq Muwonge, Pius Bezireki , Mayanja Haruna, Misaya Oliver, Nassozi Jackline, Nalukwwago Shakira, Nakitto Oliver. Mutesi Asha, Nansubuga Haula, Mwesigwa Emanuel Akwanga Brian, Mulindwa Rafah, Beine Bernard, Kigundu Arafa, Serunjogi David, Bbosa Joseph, Lumala Fahad, Muksa Abubaker, Opiyo Emanuel, Twinamastiko Ronald, Kasadha Kennedy, Bwiire Herbert, Omolo Erick Solomon, Mukisa Grace Kelvin, Kayiwa Rogers, Enon Samuel Justus, Epira Brian, Namukobe Haura, Adia Erick.

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