The Sierra Leone Football Association today officially ended a five day FIFA Member Association training course for referees.
The elite and intermediate referees development program was facilitated by FIFA instructors Ali Mohamed Ahmed (Somalia), Mark Emzengo (Malawi) and coordinated by SLFA’s Referees Manager Mohamed Bowen Freeman.
Dignitaries included SLFA President Madam Isha Johansen who also serves as Chairperson of the Federation’s Committee and her Executive were joined by Vice Chair Dr. P. K Muana, former Major League Soccer (MLS) referee currently the Head of Strategic Communications State House.
Additional dignitaries present were Mr. Mohamed Kargbo (Parliamentary Sports Committee), Deputy Director of Sports Mr. Lambert and Mr. Joseph T. Dixon former FIFA international referee.
Thirty male and female participants from diverse sections of the country successfully qualified in the five day intensive fitness and technical course.
A delighted FIFA certified physical instructor Mohamed Freeman remarked, ”this is an unprecedented ninety eight percent success rating considering the FA’s challenges over the years.”
Dr. Muana in an engaging lecture emphasised on ”team work, integrity and the importance of staying fit.” He also shared in the dream of one day seeing our referees officiate at African Nations and World Cup level.
The ceremony ended with the FA President’s closing remarks re-emphasising on the essence of upholding the integrity of the game. Madam Johansen congratulated the participants on their impressive results but added that ”results are meaningless without integrity in the game.”