Ngqwele Dube, Sports Correspondent
A VIRTUAL course for assessors is set to complete a busy month for the country’s refereeing fraternity that has seen two other training events being held.
The four-day course begins on Wednesday, will to run until Saturday and will involve 25 assessors.
Zifa Referees Committee chairman, Bryton Malandule said the course is targeting Premier Soccer League and Division One assessors.
He said despite the lull in activity in football they felt it prudent to keep their officials updated with the new laws of the game and keep them abreast of any new developments.
The course follows two other virtual courses that saw match officials in the PSL pool being taken through their paces by Fifa instructors while a course for emerging referees was also held last week.
Match commissioners are required to have a sound knowledge of the laws of the game as well as the rules governing any competition that they will superintend.
ZRC has also scheduled an instructors’ course penciled for next month from 10 September to 13 September.
The virtual course will see 30 instructors drawn from the country’s 10 provinces being equipped with the latest knowledge needed to be imparted to referees.
“We are aiming at developing referees in every corner of the country and we are not just looking at Bulawayo, Harare or other major towns like Gweru. We also want to ensure there are referees’ instructors in areas such as Binga or the Lowveld hence we have reached out to all provinces,” said Malandule.
“We are not sitting on our laurels but monitoring referees and ensuring they attend to their daily programmes. The training match officials is a continuous process as we want to ensure they stay in shape to be ready for the return of the game.”
The four courses by ZRC follow the attendance of a four-day Futuro III course by top instructors, Brighton Mudzamiri and Sabelo Maphosa in early August.
They attended the high-level course in preparation for the scheduled Zifa trainings.