Twenty-three FIFA Referees have received their Badges at a ceremony presided over by the FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo on Wednesday morning at Jevine Hotel, Kampala.
While addressing the referees, the FUFA President congratulated the referees but also took time to highlight on the three Rs which are Recognising, Reporting and Resisting in cases for predetermined matches.
‘I congratulate all of you and we are grateful for the work you do as international referees for representing Uganda. Our interest is to make sure that we have referees who have integrity, fitness and performance. International referees shouls be exemplary to the rest of national and regional referees so as to deliver the function refereeing to perfection. FUFA will try to protect the image of international referees but it is also important to carry the brand of FUFA wherever you go. It is our objective as FUFA that you keep healthy and fit. Therefore, we were motivated to have the health insurance cover including international referees and I would like to give credit to the Chairman UFRA for pushing this idea. I also advise you that it is very important to involve yourself in the game of football beyond refereeing in terms of what you can do while in retirement. The game would like to retain its people but only those who have a value addition. As a referee you need to Recognise, Report and Resist (3Rs) for any suspiscion on predetermined matches’
Ronnie Kalema Chairman Uganda Football Referees Association (UFRA) and FUFA Referees Standing Committee (FRSC)
‘In order to fulfil FUFA’s vision of Becoming the Number one football Nation in Africa on and off the field, it has been noted that the referees have to be part & partial of project FIFA 2026 World Cup. At the international level Uganda is competing well as our referees were appointed to officiate at various high profile tournaments. Shamira Nabadda was at FISU Games in Italy, Ssali Mashoud at the AFCON U17 and Okello Dick at U20 AFCON & Junior tournaments. We have for the last one year delivered all competitions with pride and our 2020 program is to support the FIFA Referees attain higher grounds at Africa & the world at large. I thank FUFA for including all the international referees on FUFA Insurance cover program.
FUFA Deputy CEO- Football Decolas Kiiza also addressed the referees
‘In the year concluded a number of milestones were registered in the referees’ department. We have an increment from 22 to 23 international referees and amongst these six have received the FIFA badge for the first time. We organised several refereeing courses at regional, national levels, got involved in continental and international courses . We are looking forward to replicate the same this year. We thank the FUFA EXCOM for approving the proposal to improve referees’ welfare and thus we reduced the number of the Uganda Premier League officials to twenty centre referees and thirty assistants’
The new recipients of the FIFA badges are; Madanda Ronald (Referee), Mulindwa Hakim (Assistant Referee), Okudra Emmanuel (Assistant Referee), Nsubuga Brian Emmy and Sengendo Isaac (Futsal Referees) while Atuhaire Docus bounces back on the list as Woman Assistant referee.
The Full list of Uganda FIFA referees for the year 2020;
Male referees: Ssali Mashood, Muhabi Alex, Sabilla Ali Chelangat, Oloya William and Ronald Madanda
Assistant referees: Okello Dick, Katenya Ronald, Okello Lee, Masembe Isa, Mulindwa Hakim, Okudra Emmanuel
Futsal Referees: Nsubuga Brian Emmy, Sengendo Isaac
Beach Soccer: Kintu Ivan Bayige, Mugerwa Shafic, Ssenteza Muhammad and Kawagga Bazirio Kennedy
Women referees: Nabadda Shamirah and Murungi Diana
Women Assistant referees: Nantabo Lydia Wanyama, Nakitto Marex Nkumbi, Mutonyi Jane and Atuhaire Docus