MIDLANDS- A total of 193 new referees have passed the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) beginners refereeing course The Mirror Sport can reveal. The numbers were confirmed to The Mirror Sport by the ZIFA Referees Committee Chairperson Barbra Chikosi who said the turnout was good and a total of 217 referees sat for the beginners course.
The participants will be issued with class 4 refereeing licenses which will allow them to officiate division 2 football and lower leagues subject to fitness tests and training. The new crop is set to compliment the experienced crop of referees who had a busy schedule this season as some had to officiate games twice a week due to shortages. ZIFA had put the exams on hold from 2019 to this year due to COVID-19 pandemic.
“All the ten provinces were represented with ages ranging from 15-44 years. Matabeleland North had the highest turn out with 40 participants and only 1 failed the exam. Midlands province had 29 participants and Masvingo had 17 participants.
“The turn out was encouraging and we hope the new referee will continue working hard and continue furthering their courses so that we will have more referees for top flight and regional games. We will have a meeting soon to plan for the 2023 soccer season,” said Chikosi.