MA elite referee course underway in Windhoek


The Namibia Football Association (NFA) match officials are being treated to a FIFA, Member Association (MA) elite referee course to enhance the local referees’ knowledge of the game and to effect greater uniformity standards of performance at the national, regional and international levels.

The MA elite referees course started off on Sunday and is expected to end Thursday this week and is underway at the NFA technical centre in Windhoek, course instructor Felix Tangawarima explained.

“We are here to help lift the standard of refereeing in Namibia and who knows possibly in another five or ten years one of you sited here can officiate at international games. The course will highlight the Laws 11 & 12 of the game. We are also looking at the controversial “off-side” rule which is a major issue whenever a referee makes the call,” he said.

He also added that the course would place great emphasis on discipline as match-fixing is on the rise in Africa.

The course consists of 39 participants and instructors with Six (6) females.

“Anyone can help fix the game, be it your instructor, a staff from the association or a random stranger. FIFA does not take lightly on match-fixing, it will be the end of your career,” Tangawarima said.