The 22 Ugandan referees at the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) level received their badges over the weekend at Jevine Hotel, Rubaga in Kampala.

The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) President, Eng. Moses Magogo witnessed the handover of the badges.

Eng. Magogo urged the referees to defend the prestigious FIFA badge at all times.

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“FUFA has a vision of becoming the number one football Nation in Africa on and off the field. Our mission is about development, promotion and protection of football in Uganda. Referees have a role to play in development of the game. Defend this badge at all times” said FUFA President.

FUFA Football Development Director Ali Mwebe communicated the key means that FUFA is undertaking to uplift the standard of refereeing in Uganda.

He said, “The FUFA refereeing department is working within all the means to protect the three key pillars; Integrity, fitness and performance. Development of referees now falls under the football development department.”

FUFA also revealed that classes for French Language will be organised for the FIFA referees.

“There is a development path way for the rise of referees, just like referees. We shall maintain the courses, medical and fitness tests which are mandatory as well starting French lessons for the international referees.” Mwebe added.

The full list of Ugandan FIFA Referees 2019

Referees (Men): Brian Miiro Nsubuga, Mashood Ssali, Alex Muhabi, Ali Sabilla Chelangat, William Oloya

Assistant referees (Men): Mark Ssonko, Dick Okello, Ronald Katenya, Lee Okello, Musa Balikoowa Ngobi, Issa Masembe

Referees (Women): Shamirah Nabadda, Diana Murungi, Florence Ayaro

Assistant referees (Women): Lydia Nantabo Wanyama, Catherine Cynthia Nagaddya, Marex Nakitto Nkumbi, Jane Mutonyi

Beach Soccer: Ivan Kintu Bayige, Shafic Mugerwa, Muhammad Ssenteza, Keneddy Kawagga Bazirio