By Bernard Mhone:
Volleyball Association of Malawi (Vam) has nominated Trust Mtegha and Dickson Mbewe for the international referees zoom online course organised by Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB) and Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB).
The two international volleyball bodies on Tuesday directed Vam to nominate two first class national referees for the training.
The course started Thursday and ends Friday.
Vam General Secretary, Jairos Nkhoma, said they settled for Mtegha and Mbewe because they met the requirements.
“We wanted people capable of representing the country well and opted for the two referees. We scrutinised their ability to represent the country well and they passed. We asked ourselves if the two have the ability to share whatever they will learn with their colleagues and the answer was yes.
“We therefore forwarded their names to FIVB and CAVB. The other requirement was that the referees should participate in the course using their own internet bundles.
“Mtegha and Mbewe also passed this one as they expressed readiness to use their own resources. This was necessary because we did not provide any money,” Nkhoma said.
He said the training had come at the right time as the referees had gone without a course for over two years.
“It would have been better for us to have more referees joining the course but we have to be contented with the attendance of Mtegha and Mbewe. We believe the two will share with their colleagues what they will learn. We expect them to train others after completing the course.
Malawi has about 30 registered referees who officiate games in the three regional leagues of North, Centre and South.
Mtegha commended Vam for the consideration and said he would share what he has learnt with other referees across the country.
“This training is good for the development of the game in the country. It is a great opportunity for us to become better referees. We believe that we learn each and every day. We are therefore looking forward to learning new ways of officiating the game from our colleagues who have vast experience in different platforms. We will share the knowledge to be gained from the course with our fellow national referees,” he said.
Besides being a referee, Mbewe is also an administrative assistant for Central Region Volleyball League while Mtegha is assistant Coach for Mipuniro Spikers.