By Augustus Audekina-Doe
A week-long Fifa 2017 Ma-Elite Referees Course has officially been launched in the Country.
The five days course was launched Monday by the Minister of Youth and Sports Charles Saah N’Tow at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville City.
At least 30 Liberian football referees are undergoing the Fifa elite training course organized by the Liberia Football Association (LFA).
The referee course which began Monday, September 11, 2017 is expected to run until September 15, 2017.
Fifa Instructor, Felix Tangawarima said the intent of the training course is to abreast Liberian referees about the changes in the Laws of the game and to sharpen their skills to weather the unfolding trends of events that attend the game.
“This is a regular training course that is being organized by the Fifa member associations every year and Liberia is of no exception.” He stated.
He said for the next few days during the training course participants will do practical demonstration in order to know exactly how the Laws of the Game are implemented.
The Fifa instructor believes that the training course will enhance the referees to adequately implement the Laws of the Game.
He also cautioned referees to teach players, coaches and clubs administration on the new amended Laws of the Game and how they are implemented.
At the same time, Minister Saah N’Tow assured Government’s commitment in facilitating and to continue the training course for Liberia Football Referees.
He believes that referees are those who are lifting the standard of the game.
Meanwhile, two out of thirty football Referees have failed in the FIFA MA Elite fitness test administered Monday at the Samuel Kenyan Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville City.
Mathew Solong and Johnson Gbartea were the two that failed in the eighth and nine laps respectively.