Zifa panel referees go for refresher course
coaches led they way by holding a week-long course at Rufaro last week.
The Zifa Referees Committee met in Bulawayo on Saturday and selected a new panel for the 2012 season.
In a statement, Tendai Bwanya, the ZRC secretary, said their selection of the new panel was based on the assessment reports from last season
“The new Zifa panel members should attend a refresher course at Prince Edward School on Friday 17 February and the course finishes on Sunday 19 February with a fitness test at the Zimbabwe National Sports Stadium B Arena.
“Medical examination will be conducted on Friday,” said Bwanya.
Bwanya said currently they have shortlisted 64 match officials but the number will be pruned for the elite panel to 48.
“Our panel will be reduced to 48 from 64 so that our elite referees will have more game time than last season and this will help in improving their performance as they will be used constantly. The match
commissioners will send their assessment reports to the chief match commissioner who will closely analyse them and if they pick any signs of weaknesses, would advise the concerned referees.
“A mentor may be assigned to the referee to assist in correcting the trend while passing the physical fitness test will be a requirement,” said Bwanya.
Last year complaints raised in the way the hen ZSR acting chairperson, Samukeliso Silangane, handled some of the appointments.
At one time the Zifa board was forced to intervene and invited match officials from South Africa and Zambia to officiate during the Mbada Dimaonds Cup semi-finals.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe will only have three centre referees on the Fifa panel for 2012 in Thabani Bamala, Norman Matemera and Ruzive Ruzive.
Bamala made an entry to the elite list last year while the duo of Ruzive and Matemera has been recognised since 2010. Six match officials have been selected to the Fifa panels to run the lines namely Bongani
Gadzikwa, Tapfumanei Mutengwa, Abraham Manda, Alfred Zindove, Salani Ncube and Edgar Rumeck.
Zindove is the longest serving on the panel having started to officiate on the international scene since 2002.
Male referees: N. Matemera, R. Ruzive and T. Bamala.
Assistant Referees: B. Gadzikwa, T. Mutengwa, A. Manda, A. Zindove, S. Ncube and Edgar Rumeck
Women Referees: P. Chiwaya, Kuda Majo Rusina
Assistant Referees: Stella Ruvinga, Rudo Nhananga
Zifa panel: Harare: Pedzisai Chadya, Pamela Chiwaya, Albert Dube, Norman Matemera, Nkanyiso Moyo, Batsirai Muchenje, Collen Muringayi, Shelton Mushanguri, Nomore Musundire, Tapfumanei Mutengwa,
Stella Ruvinga , Ruzive Ruzive, Alfred Zindove
Bulawayo: Tiwone Kacheche, Happy Mabhena, Bryton Malandule, Ncube Pilani, Mlindeli Ndebele, Rudo Nhananga, Brighton Nyika, Faith Sibanda, Saneliso Sibanda, Tambudzai Tawengwa, Mlungisi Mathuthu
Manicaland: Tendai Chavanga, Brighton Chimene, Langton Chitsa, Kevin Faranando, Kuda Majo, Robert Mugorosa
Midlands: Bamala Thabani, Nyarai Chirwa, Thomas Kusosa, Lovemore Magaya, Munyaradzi Majoni, Thomas Masaa, Allen Parehwa
Masvingo: Makonese Masakadza, Bernard Matenga, Jimmy Muzondi
Mat North: Bekezela Makeka, Abraham Manda, Hardley Ndazi, Peter Simtenda
Mat South: Salani Ncube, Nkosana Nduna
Mash East: Bongani Gadzikwa, Luke Kunatsa, Pets Napwaro, Edgar Rumeck
Mash Central: Adam Mutena
Mash West: Jacob Kuuya , Sebastian Mutambisi.