FAM takes referees assessors to task

The Football Association of Malawi FAM has warned Referees Assessors of stiff punishment if they continue being lenient in their review of referees in the country.

FAM Referees sub-committee chairman James Mwenda made the remarks on Friday when he opened a two day elite Referees assessors’ course at the Chiwembe Technical Centre in Blantyre.

Mwenda said the assessors give referees high grades despite them performing poorly in matches.

Mwenda: Issued stern warning
Mwenda: Issued stern warning.-Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma -Nyasa Times

“It is surprising that this year we have given bans to some referees as a committee following disciplinary hearings after they messed up matches. Yet in all the cases the assessors reports rated them 9 out of 10.

“We will also start punishing you. As assessors you are the teachers and you should be able to give your students a true reflection of their performance so that they can develop.

Mwenda further said: “It raises questions when our referees score 9 in local matches and when we recommend them for International matches they are given below par marks. So from now on wards we will be monitoring your performance as well.”

The course has attracted 27 match assessors across the country and is being facilitated by Fifa Instructor Felix Tangawarima from Zimbabwe.

“It is an important course and I expect that you will all be free to highlight the refereeing issues that are affecting Malawi football so that we iron them out,” said Tangawarima.

The course will tackle topics like Law Amendments, The Assessment Process, Assessment of severity of the offence , analysis of penalty area situations, Importance of post-match debriefing, assessment of severity of the offence Law 12 among others.

The course will be followed by a Fifa elite referees course which will run from Saturday afternoon to Monday 11 th August 2014

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