Mareeg.com-Some 27 Football Referees have on Saturday sat for a high profile FIFA training
course in Djibouti, as part of FIFA/ FDF joint efforts to increase the quality
and quantity of the football growing country’s football referees.
The 5-day course which was launched on Saturday 15th of March 2014 is being
conducted by FIFA refereeing experts Mr. Lim (technical instructor)
and Boubakar Hannachi (Fitness instructor) and has brought together the nation’s
most elite referees to update them with the latest on football rules and laws
of the game.
Some four local instructors both Fitness and technical instructors
will be assisting the FIFA experts during the course.
The head instructor Mr. Lim who addressed at the
launching ceremony of the course said that for the next five days there will be
a marathon job including theory and practical sessions urging the trainees to
buckle themselves down to acquire more knowledge and experience during the FIFA
On the behalf of FIFA he thanked the Djiboutian football
federation for the high profile reception they extended to him and his colleague
The Djibouti Football federation President Mr. Souleiman
Hassan Waberi who finally addressed at Saturday’s opening ceremony of the
training course thanked President Joseph S. Blatter of FIFA and his committee
for the constant support that the world football body has been extending to
Djibouti FA to help it promote football throughout the nation.
“I would like to welcome the FIFA instructors Mr Lim and Boubakar Hannachi
who are our friends and had taught our referees earlier—I would say that you
are here with your family of football and we are committed to do everything to
make your stay in Djibouti more enjoyable” President Souleiman Hassan Waberi
said in his opening remarks.
He said that the high level refereeing
course was part of his federation’s policy to develop the refereeing sector
which is much more important for the federation. The president noted that the
holding of such courses was also part of a special development program he had
set up after he came to power on the 10th of November 2012 in a bid
to have talented referees with more knowledge and experience.
“I urge you (participants) to demonstrate
your attendance and show commitment during these 5 days of hard work to benefit
from your instructors who came from far distances to help you get more knowledge”
President Souleiman told the trainees during the opening ceremony.
“I cannot conclude my address without
mentioning the support we always receive from the State Secretary for Youth and
Sports in all our actions—My gratitude also goes to the President of the
Republic his excellence Ismael Omar Guelleh who gave more priority to the promote
sport in the country and in particularly the football” President Souleiman
Hassan Waberi noted in his opening remarks at Saturday’s opening ceremony of
the FIFA level refereeing course for Djibouti.
By Shafi’i Mohyaddin Abokar
CECAFA Media Committee