GFA organises integrity course for referees

Author: Beatrice Laryea
Some of the referees engaging in physical exercise during the event

A five-day integrity course for referees is currently underway at the West Africa Football Academy (WAFA) complex at Sogakope in the Volta Region.

The course, which began on Tuesday, January 22 will end on Saturday January 26. It forms part of the GFA Normalisation Committee’s continuing efforts to restore confidence in refereeing and avoid match manipulation at all levels in Ghana.

It is organised by the Ghana Football Association in collaboration with the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) and FIFA.

It has brought together a total of 150 referees to be groomed in topics such as tactical fouls, positioning and reading, managing challenges in officiating, laws of the game, match manipulation and integrity.

There will also be lectures and discussions on penalty area, handball as well as integrated practical training session which will include players.

Resource persons for the five-day event are FIFA Instructors Onias Felix Tangawarima from Zimbabwe, Boubakar Hannachi from Tunisia and An Yan Lim Kee Chong from Mauritius.

President of the Normalisation Committee, Dr Kofi Amoah (left) in a photograph with the course instructors

The event started with a referees’ fitness test last Tuesday at the Ajax Park at the University of Ghana, Legon.

Some of the participants will be presented with FIFA badges at the end of the course on Saturday at 3pm.

Some of the referees waiting to take their turn at the training