Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA), on Saturday, held the physical fitness tests for the national and international referees.
This came a day after the medical examination of these referees.
A total of 50 referees (23 FIFA) and 22 national referees underwent the tests at FUFA Technical Center, Njeru and StarTimes Stadium – Lugogo in Kampala.
Ali Kalyango and Ronald Mwesigwa supervised the crop of referees at Njeru, all of them international referees.
At Lugogo, Ronnie Kalema (Chairman FUFA Referees Standing Committee) alongside Rosebell Rwamuyamba, Ali Tomusange, JB Masiko, Kizito Rahman Nansubuga, Samuel Kayondo and Ndawula Muhammed Shaban.
According to Kalema, this exercise is undertaken four times in a year in a bid to ascertain the level of fitness for the referees ahead of continental assignments and national events as the StarTimes Uganda Premier League, StarTimes FUFA Big League, Stanbic FUFA Uganda Cup, FUFA Drum among others.
“FUFA is here to deliver refereeing as we professionalize the game. The significance of physical fitness tests is to ensure quality of the referees in the country.” Kalema noted.
Rahman Kizito Nansubuga, an Instructor described the exercise as an annual event aimed at preparing referees for international and national league games.
“These sessions also helped check on the endurance, speed and acceleration of referees to match the modern game.” Kizito disclosed.
This exercise is meant to establish their fitness levels as well as to update and refresh their knowledge and skills in the discharge of their abilities.
The objective was to update the participants on the Laws of the Game as well as evaluate their fitness and technical abilities for upcoming major competitions in the new season such as StarTimes Uganda Premier League, FUFA Drum, Stanbic Uganda Cup among others.
FIFA Referees Men
Mashood Ssali, Alex Muhabi, Ali Sabilla Chellangat, William Oloya, Ronald Madanda.
FUFA Referees Men
Rajab Bakasambe, Deogratius Opio, George Olemu, Asadu Semere, Robert Donney, Paul Turyamureba, Nasser Mohammed Kirya. John Bosco Kalibala, Muzamiru Waiswa, Lucky Kasalirwe, Ali Kaddu Kizza.
FIFA Referees Women
Shamirah Nabada, Diana Murungi
FUFA Referees Women
Florence Ayaro, Immaculate Achillo, Habibah Naigaga
FIFA Assistant Referees Men
Dick Okello, Okello Lee, Ronald Katenya, Isa Masembe, Hakim Mulindwa, Okudra Emmanuel
FUFA Assistant Referees Men
Robson Atusinguza, Paul Omara, Rahman Atiku, Ahmed Kakembo, Mustafa Mafumu, Samuel Mbabali, Juma Osire, Shafiq Lulenzi, Ibrahim Ssekanjako,Mathias Omunyira, Gilbert Ngyendo, Noah Friday, Timothy Gumisiriza
FIFA Assistant Referees Women
Lydia Nantabo Wanyama, Malex Nakito Nkumbi, Jane Mutonyi, Docus Atuhaire.
FUFA Assistant Referees Women
Elizabeth Nasolo, Eunice Tiwuwe, Oliver Nakito, Hawa Nyangoma
FIFA Beach Soccer Referees Men
Kintu Ivan Bayige, Mugerwa Shafiq, Ssenteza Mohammed, Kawaga Kennedy Bazlio.
FIFA Futsal Referees Men
Nsubuga Emmy Brian, Ssengendo Isaac
FUFA Futsal Referees Men
Kazoora Emmanuel, Mulindwa Ismail.