The kick off of the Uganda top flight football league, the Uganda Premier League is scheduled for November 20, 2020.
And thus, preparations for the new season are in high gear for different stakeholders.
On top of realigning both their administrative and managerial houses, clubs have also strengthened their playing staff.
Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has as well in equal measure been working day and night to see a healthy league start inspite of the Covid-19 pandemic
And on Saturday, through the Referees Standing Committee, FUFA held the physical fitness tests for both national and FIFA referees.
According to the federation, the physical drills were secondary to the medical examinations that had been done in the course of the week on these referees.
The tests were done at the FUFA Technical Center in Njeru and StarTimes Stadium – Lugogo in Kampala.
Stadaily has learnt that Ali Kalyango and Ronald Mwesigwa conducted and supervised the exercise in Njeru where all the participants were international referees.
On the other hand, the tests at Lugogo were supervised by Ronnie Kalema (Chairman FUFA Referees Standing Committee) alongside Rosebell Rwamuyamba, Ali Tomusange, JB Masiko, Kizito Rahman Nansubuga, Samuel Kayondo and Ndawula Muhammed Shaban.
Mr Kalema said the exercise is conducted four times in a year purposely to ascertain the level of fitness for the referees ahead of national, CAF and FIFA assignments.
The national (FUFA) engagements include among others StarTimes Uganda Premier League, StarTimes FUFA Big League, Stanbic FUFA Uganda Cup, FUFA Drum.
“FUFA is here to deliver refereeing as we professionalize the game. The significance of physical fitness tests is to ensure quality of the referees in the country,” Kalema said.
Mr Kalema also said those who could have failed the tests would be given another chance to re-do them after a stipulated time.
Rahman Kizito Nansubuga, an Instructor told FUFA website that the exercise is aimed at preparing referees for international and national league games.
“These sessions also help check on the endurance, speed and acceleration of referees to match the modern game,” Mr Kizito noted.
Through this exercise, the referees are not only subjected to fitness tests but also briefed and updated on the Laws of the Game.
FIFA Referees Men:
Mashood Ssali, Alex Muhabi, Ali Sabilla Chellangat, William Oloya, Ronald Madanda
FUFA Referees Men:
Rajab Bakasambe, Deogratius Opio, George Olemu, Asadu Semere, Robert Donney, Paul Turyamureba, Nasser Mohammed Kirya. John Bosco Kalibala, Muzamiru Waiswa, Lucky Kasalirwe, Ali Kaddu Kizza
FIFA Referees Women:
Shamirah Nabada, Diana Murungi
FUFA Referees Women:
Florence Ayaro, Immaculate Achillo, Habibah Naigaga
FIFA Assistant Referees Men:
Dick Okello, Okello Lee, Ronald Katenya, Isa Masembe, Hakim Mulindwa, Okudra Emmanuel
FUFA Assistant Referees Men:
Robson Atusinguza, Paul Omara, Rahman Atiku, Ahmed Kakembo, Mustafa Mafumu, Samuel Mbabali, Juma Osire, Shafiq Lulenzi, Ibrahim Ssekanjako,Mathias Omunyira, Gilbert Ngyendo, Noah Friday, Timothy Gumisiriza
FIFA Assistant Referees Women:
Lydia Nantabo Wanyama, Malex Nakito Nkumbi, Jane Mutonyi, Docus Atuhaire
FUFA Assistant Referees Women:
Elizabeth Nasolo, Eunice Tiwuwe, Oliver Nakito, Hawa Nyangoma
FIFA Beach Soccer Referees Men:
Kintu Ivan Bayige, Mugerwa Shafiq, Ssenteza Mohammed, Kawaga Kennedy Bazlio
FIFA Futsal Referees Men:
Nsubuga Emmy Brian, Ssengendo Isaac
FUFA Futsal Referees Men:
Kazoora Emmanuel, Mulindwa Ismail