Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has described the four-day online elite referees course organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) as an eye opener.
Fam’s Referees Development Officer Maxwell Mtonga said the course was aimed at reminding referees the laws of the game.
“We are thankful that our referees have seen on their own what modern football is all about,” he said.
However, Mtonga said they had some challenges including connectivity problem as it was the first time for Malawians referees to undergo a zoom referee’s course.
“It’s a new thing for our referees to undergo a zoom course. Our referees are not much conversant with laptops. The 35 referees were conducting this course from their respective homes. So they were communicating with these instructors through laptops.
“We had also an internet problem whereby at some point these referees were unable to follow what the instructors were saying,” he said.
Fifa referee Ishmael Chizinga said it was a great experience to do a zoom course as they learnt a lot including being reminded of the amendments on laws of the game.
“The course will go a long way helping us understand the modern football. We were not sure if we could have this course as we are still experiencing Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.
Caf organised an online course for each member association that run from July 27 to 30.
Fifa referees instructors Ladesi Lengwe from Zambia and Jelomi Damiyole from South Africa were assigned to facilitate the course.