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FIFA happy with Zambia’s refereeing standards

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Jan Sikazwe

Jan Sikazwe

The World football governing body, FIFA  says it is impressed with the strides that the Football Association of Zambia is making in improving the standards of refereeing in the country.

FIFA has also noted with happiness that there is an increase in the number of young people in Zambia who have joined the ranks of refereeing.

FIFA Referee Development Officer, Carlos Henriques said this at the official opening of the FIFA Elite Referee training course in Lusaka yesterday in a release by FAZ Communication Manager Nkweto Tembwe.

“This is the seventh course we are running in this country and as FIFA we note with happiness the progress that Zambia is making. Without a doubt, refereeing standards have improved in this country, I am happy that we have Gladys Lengwe with us here, who of course as you may know is headed to Canada where the FIFA world cup for women will be held” Henriques added.

The course which has attracted 35 referees is aimed at equipping the country’s match officials with modern ways of handling the beautiful game.

Among the trainees attending this course is Janny Sikazwe, a Kapiri Mposhi based referee who was the fourth official at the Ghana vs Ivory Coast 2015 Africa Cup final in Equatorial Guinea early this year. Also in attendance is an 18 year old grade 12 pupil Jimmy Phiri from the eastern province. The course has eight females present.

And FIFA has reaffirmed its commitment to the development of Zambia football. Carlos Henrique says the world football governing body will always help the local FA with any material assistance.

Henriques said this when he donated on behalf of FIFA, five electronic flags , one overhead projector, a hard drive with refereeing  information, and 2 micro gates (equipment for testing referee’ fitness). FIFA has also donated special electronic devices for monitoring Zambian referees who are on the FIFA panel.

“I am happy to also lend to our referees, clocks which we shall use to monitor the activities of our referees, from Zurich, these are sophisticated devices which will make our work easy” he  added.

And receiving the donation on behalf of the Association, FAZ Executive Committee member in charge of referees, Jeff Chipilingu said FAZ is glad that FIFA has continued being a partner in the development of the sport in the country.

“You have said it yourself that Zambia has top class referees, and the truth is that you have contributed to this development via such courses as the one we having now” Chipilingu said .

Earlier this week, FAZ held training of Match Commissioner and Match assessors. A total of twenty five have been trained in this field.

Meanwhile, the Football Association of Zambia will beginnings next week, start holding monthly training for football coaches. The Association will be offering FAZ D licence at K300 to all those that wish to pursue football coaching as a career. The FAZ D licence is the entry point to professional coaching which culminates into CAF C, B, and A licences.


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