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Local referees to run for FIFA spots

The football season is expected to start month end of November after 7 months break

Maxwell Mtonga

Elite referees in the country will this Saturday undergo the 2021 FIFA International Referees Panel Listing Fitness Test fitness test.

The outcome of the exercise will be used by Football Association of Malawi’s Referees committee to determine the country’s representatives on the 2021 FIFA panel.

Formerly known as “Cooper Test”, the fitness test will be conducted at Bingu National Stadium, Lilongwe.

National Referees Physical Fitness Instructor Moffat Champiti will conduct the tests with supervision from the FAM Referees Subcommittee.

Up to 36 Elite Referees from across the country have been earmarked for the exercise and from the cohort, the committee will identify 15 referees to be eligible for international assignments in 2021.

Maxwell Mtonga, FAM Referees Development Officer.

FAM Referees Development Officer Maxwell Mtonga said all the participants will undergo Covid-19 testing so that no one is put under threat during the exercise.

“We are having this test for the 36 Elite Referees for us to list down our nominations for the 2021 FIFA International Referees List.

“In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, all the referees who will undergo the fitness test have been advised to get tested and only those whose results will come out negative will participate,” said Mtonga.

Meanwhile, the fitness test aimed at assessing regional Referees ability to officiate matches in the 2020-2021 football season starts next week.

Mtonga says, all the participants will undergo Covid-19 testing so that no one is put under threat during the exercise.

The new season kicks off on November 20 following last month’s lifting of a ban imposed by government on all sporting activities in March this year due to the threat of Covid-19.

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