After a five-day training programme in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, between 27 November and 1 December, Referees and Assistant Referees have affirmed their readiness for the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) Morocco 2018.
Forty-four referees and assistant referees underwent the training course which included theoretical sessions which discussed topics such as technical and tactical analysis of the game, reviewing of video clips of matches amongst others, and practical sessions with players which held at the Technical Centre of the Egyptian Football Association.
PHOTO: Referees go through training in readiness for CHAN 2018.
Also covered in extensive was the use of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to be experimented for the first time on the continent during the CHAN.
“After the five days of intensive training, I’m certain that you are equipped enough to give a good performance during the Total CHAN Morocco 2018, and other matches and competitions at local, continental and global levels,” said Suleiman Hassan Waberi, president of the CAF Referees’ Committee.
“It was a very intensive course and important one as such with the CHAN competition just weeks away. The players are preparing and the referees must also do same to meet the expectations of all. I’m optimistic that the lessons from the theoretical and practical sessions will be vital towards the delivery of match officials come next year,” Malagasy referee, Hamada Nampiandraza disclosed.
On his part, Maguette Ndiaye from Senegal said: “the course has been very beneficial and helped us to master and improve certain aspects of our game. Everybody was heavily involved and I strongly believe the selected match officials will give a good image of African referees in Morocco”.
“The five days provided a big opportunity for the participants to sharpen our skills for next year’s competition. I’m very convinced we won’t disappoint. Refereeing is an evolving aspect of the game which needs one to be intelligent, deploy a tactical approach and have a good anticipation – which we did rigorously during the intensive course,” added experienced Angolan referee Helder Martins de Carvalho.
The match officials will now be selected for the final tournament scheduled for 13 January to 4 February 2018 in the Moroccan in the cities of Casablanca, Marrakech, Tangiers and Agadir.