The Sierra Leone Football Association has today at the Siaka Steven Staduim commenced a five-day FIFA Member Association training course for thirty elite and intermediate referees drawn from across the country.
The training is meant to upgrade and refresh referees in Sierra Leone in other to be prepared for not only the country’s premier league but also international assignments including class ‘A’ matches (FIFA and AFCON Qualifying matches).
Ali Mohamed Ahmed from Somalia and Mark Ephraim Emzengo from Malawi are the two FIFA Technical Instructors in charge of facilitating the training course.
According to the SLFA Referees Coordinator, Mohamed Bowen Freeman, he was ”so delighted to see an unprecedented number, 26 out of 30 passing the physical fitness test this morning.” ”This clearly indicates an improvement on the country’s referees sector.”Mr. Freeman added.
Mr. Freeman further mentioned that ”the FIFA training for Sierra Leonean referees is a very timely move since the FA through the Premier League board is preparing for the start of the 2019/20 league season.”
This FIFA MA training course will climax with a certification ceremony on Friday the 1st November, 2019 at the Siaka Steven Stadium, Presidential Lounge.