FIFA referees’ instructor and former referee, Felix Tangawarima expressed satisfaction at the progression of refereeing standards in the country.
Tangawarima commended local referees’ standout execution of duties at the official opening ceremony of a Member Associations referees’ course held at Prince Edward High School in Harare from 19 to 26 August.
“Referees in here (Zimbabwe) have been doing well, and have earned commendation for exposing attempts to manipulate matches . For FIFA and CAF, it is very important to demonstrate distaste for such practices.
Female officials have been doing exceptionally well, they are not just adding numbers,” Tangawarima said.
On that note, the experienced instructor vowed to impart yet more knowledge to the local referees to ensure that they continue to perform well.
Directing his sentiments to referees committee chairperson and ZIFA President, Dr Phillip Chiyangwa, Tangawarima said participants of the week-long course will significantly improve after the training.
Your referees will be at a higher level after this course, the onus is upon them to complement ZIFA’s personnel developmental initiatives by acquitting themselves well in all assignments
On the dynamic nature of football tactics which demand reciprocal dynamism from the manner in which referees carry out their duties on the pitch, Tangawarima had this to say.
Referees should now understand team formations employed by different so that their movements are tailored to these team formations, when in attack and defence,” Tangawarima added.
Other FIFA instructors who were working with local referees during the course are, Mark Mzengo, a physical fitness instructor from Malawi and Malawi and Ali Ahmed from Somalia.
*Norman Matemera reported advances by Equatorial Guinea’s Desportivo Niefang officials in a match against Williamsville Athletic Club of Ivory Coast