KAMPALA, UGANDA: A total of 23 Ugandan football referees have been awarded FIFA Badges & Equipment for 2022 as they gained ranks in officiating the game of football.
The 23 approved referees received their badges at a function conducted by the FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo on Thursday 17th February 2022 at FUFA Complex in Mengo.
In his address to the referees, the President asked them to conduct themselves in a manner that befits an international Referee.
‘When you’re a FIFA Referee you have to conduct yourself in a manner that befits an international Referee. Avoid being in situations that are going to expose you.’ Magogo told the referees.
The President also reaffirmed that he has no hand in their activities and anyone who uses his name to influence their actions is a liar.
‘We have been clear that when we give you a badge, it is yours but you can choose to give it back to us. We have said that our parameters are three which include Integrity, Fitness and Performance thus you can choose integrity and no one forces you to be a person of integrity. Our role is to give you an opportunity to perform and also work hard for fitness which is not a choice but something you must do. As a President I’m not interested in determining what comes out of your work by virtue of my position,” he stated before adding, ” If anybody comes to you claiming that I’ve sent him or her, that’s the biggest lie you can ever find.”
Eng. Magogo also assured the Officials of the Federation protection whenever they are on the right but later cautioned them of intended mistakes.
”We have agreed to protect you whenever you’re right and we are proud of those moments you have taken correct decisions. We are all human beings that make mistakes but if someone makes a mistake intentionally then disciplinary measures have to be taken.” Eng Magogo cautioned the officials.
Also present was the Chairman FUFA Referees’ Standing Committee Brian Nsubuga Miiro who asked the Referees to lift the Uganda flag high whenever they are given an opportunity.
”We have given out the FIFA badges to Futsal, Beach Soccer, and eleven aside FIFA Referees. We have emphasised Integrity, Fitness, and Performance when representing Uganda. We are sure that our Referees will deliver because we’ve taken them through various training, courses and the latest one was in January as we prepared for the second round of the elite Leagues.” Said Nsubuga.
The list of Referees
- Male referees: Mashood Ssali, Ali Sabilla Chelangat, William Oloya, Ronald Madanda and George Olemu
- Male Assistant Referees: Dick Okello, Ronald Katenya, Lee Okello, Isa Masembe, Hakim Mulindwa, Emmanuel Okudra
- Futsal Referees:Brian Emmy Nsubuga, Isaac Sengendo
- Beach Soccer: Ivan Kintu Bayige, Muhammad Ssenteza, Kennedy Kawagga Bazirio and Joel Chote Munyendoh
- Female Referees: Shamirah Nabadda and Diana Murungi
- Female Assistant referees: Lydia Nantabo Wanyama, Marex Nakitto Nkumbi, Jane Mutonyi and Dorcus Atuhaire
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