By Swalley Kenyi
FUFA referees fitness test monitor Ali Tomusange has advised the federation to restrict the number of referees in the Super League if they should realise better quality officiation in the 2014 season.
Tomusange, who together with new referees’ instructors Ali Kalyango and Muhammed Segonga supervised fitness tests for over 110 national and international officials over the weekend noted that reducing the number of both centre and assistant referees will improve fitness and performances.
“Today we have so many referees appointed to handle super league matches and some are not up to the standards. If we can keep the number small everyone in there is going to work hard to maintain their position or will be replaced if they don’t match standards,” Tomusange said.
Up to 89 referees handled the FUFA Super League last season and many of them officiated as few as two matches the whole season.
FUFA referees chairman Samuel Mpiima when contacted for comment embraced the advise and said that he would reduce the number to 50 officials for the season kick off this weekend.
“It is very difficult to assess a referee’s performance after only two matches a season. Yes we need a smaller number and I’m going to reduce it to 50 centre and assistant referees,” Mpiima said.
At the fitness test all the Ugandan FIFA referees passed the exercise with Brian Nsubuga and Ronnie Kalema, who struggled in the previous tests posting successes at Mandela National stadium, Namboole.
Only James Ayebale, who took the test for an international assistant referee’s badge collapsed soon after successfully completing the exercise.
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