REFEREEING: FIFA Referees excel in fitness tests at Namboole

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A total of Forty one (41) referees have today undergone the physical fitness tests and successfully passed the exercise at Mandela National stadium, Namboole under the supervision of newly appointed FUFA Referees instructor Ali Kalyango.

FIFA referees Alex Muhabi and Musa Balikowa who are in officiating in the ongoing CECAFA Club championship in Rwanda and Mashood Ssali (fresh from a referees course in Cameroon) were excused from the exercise as they had already done their test earlier.

The FUFA President Eng Moses Magogo, CEO Edgar Watson, Technical Director Asuman Lubowa and Finance Director  Kiiza Decoals also attended the session.

This follows the medical examinations for the FIFA referees at FUFA House yesterday.

Brian Nsubuga with his trade mark smile at yesterday’s medical check up. Nsubuga and Kalema excelled at today’s fitness tests in Namboole.

The exercise had not hitches at all especially for Brian Nsubuga and Ronnie Kalema who brightened their chances of returning to the FIFA list having missed out for almost a year.

Both referees looked sharp and energetics as they performed the high entensity tests of running 12 laps and the sprints that check on their endurance.

Uganda currently has three centre FIFA referees -Dennis Batte, Muhabi Alex and Ssali Mashood but Nsubuga and Kalema were part of the initial five in 2013 however their tight schedules made it difficult for them to perform the fitness tests at the begging of the year.

The duo embarked on a rigorous gym programme that helped them keep fit for the tests today which they eventually passed.

Meanwhile, national referees have today undergone medical examinations ahead of Saturday’s fitness tests at Namboole.

National Referees awaiting to be attended to prior their medical examination at FUFA House on Friday morning.

Doctor Ronald Kisolo is conducting the exercise at FUFA House, Mengo.

Doctor Ronald Kisolo (far end) checking one of the national FUFA referees at FUFA House in Mengo. The successful referees will undergo the national fitness trials on Saturday.

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