SLFA Successfully Concludes First Segment of FIFA MA Course for Elite Referees

The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) proudly announces the successful completion of the first segment of this year’s FIFA Member Association (MA) course for Elite Referees today, in Bo City, Southern Sierra Leone.

This initial phase, specifically designed for Elite Referees, culminated in a grand ceremony where 35 male and female referees from across the country received FIFA Certificates of Participation. The event was graced by notable dignitaries including Yayah Mansaray, Secretary General of the Southern Region Football Associations, who represented the SLFA; Alhaji Sanusi Rashid, National President of the Referees Association; and the Referees Manager, Franklyn Angel Foray Marrah.

In his keynote address, Yayah Mansaray emphasized the critical role referees play in the development of football. He urged the participants to fully implement the knowledge gained during the intensive five-day course, highlighting that the growth of the sport significantly depends on the quality of officiating.

The course was facilitated by an esteemed panel of FIFA and CAF instructors, including FIFA/CAF Referee Instructor Celestine Ntagungira from Rwanda, FIFA Senior Fitness Instructor Nasreddine Cherifi from Algeria, Sierra Leonean CAF Fitness Instructor Ibrahim Bristo Kamara, and CAF Referee Assessor Alhaji Sanusi Rashid.

The SLFA is also excited to announce that the second segment of the training, targeting youth referees, will commence tomorrow. This next phase aims to nurture and develop the skills of young referees, ensuring a strong foundation for the future of football officiating in Sierra Leone.

This year’s FIFA MA course marks another milestone in SLFA’s ongoing commitment to enhancing the standards of football officiating in Sierra Leone. The association looks forward to seeing the positive impact these trained referees will have on the game nationwide.