Sport
League referees to take fitness tests
Publish Date: Feb 07, 2014
League referees to take fitness tests
Dennis Batte (left) supports his colleague Kalyango Ali after he collapsed during a Cooper Test at Namboole Stadium in January 2013. Photo by Mpalanyi Ssentongo
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Swalley Kenyi

FORMER FIFA centre referees Ronnie Kalema, Brian Nsubuga and  Ali Kalyango are among officials expected to take fitness tests on Saturday and must pass it if they are to officiate in FUFA Big League and Super League matches.

The three referees lost their positions on the latest FIFA list and are expected to take a FUFA test for the domestic competitions as they launch fresh campaigns to get back to global standards.

The FUFA organised fitness test will take place at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole on Saturday morning.

It will be conducted by FIFA instructor Haruna Kebba, who doubles as the head coach for FUFA Super League side Kiira Young.

Kebba, who recommends those who pass the exercise to FUFA referees committee for deployment in the federation organised activities, has not been a happy man lately following poor performance by the officials.

In the recent past three senior FIFA referees failed the test and he attributed it to lack of seriousness on the part of the referees.

“Our referees have lost focus. They do not train sufficiently to pass the tests so they need guidance. That affects one’s fitness,” Kebba explained.

Over 40 referees, who handle the two competitions, save for FIFA referees in the country must pass the fitness test.

Kebba has since been battling with preparation of the officials for the exercise that gauges a referee’s speed, agility, strength and endurance among others to handle competitive matches.

Saturday’s test will not feature the elite (FIFA referees) class as they are expected to take a separate one next month (March).

It started with a medical test for all of them at FUFA House in Mengo on Friday to avoid a possible disaster like collapsing. The FUFA Super League rolled off on Friday.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Volleyball: KAVC on song
National Council of Sports (NCS) was forced to kick out KAVC fans from Lugogo whose unending celebrations were on the verge of getting out of hand....
Oilers stand on slippery slope
The City Oilers thought they had the best strategies for their big dreams. But even the most thorough plans are vulnerable to factors beyond human control and the Oilers are finding out the greasy power of untameable forces....
New Vision editor elected USPA president
Sabiiti Muwanga, the deputy sports editor of New Vision, has been elected president of the Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) 2014-2016....
Pistorius birthday visit may have bent prison rules
Oscar Pistorius received a long visit from his brother and sister for his 28th birthday that may have bent the rules of his incarceration....
Cranes players face wrath of fans on return
Over the years, Cranes have never registered concerns on return from their international engagements. Not this time round, though....
Rugby League: Pirates subdue Buffaloes as Rhinos fall
Pirates secured their first win in four matches with a 12-7 win over hosts Toyota Buffaloes in the Nile Special Premier Rugby League at Kyadondo Rugby Club....
Should Govt lease parts of Lake Victoria to private developers?
Its Ok
No Way
Not Sure
follow us
subscribe to our news letter