This year’s FIFA Member Association (MA) Elite Programme for Nigerian referees, Assessors and physical fitness trainers has been officially opened in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick declared the one week training program open on Monday July 4.
This year’s program has about 29 men and women FIFA referees, 15 elite National referees, all National referee assessors, all National physical fitness instructors and non –FIFA women referees.
Head of the NFF Referees Unit and Secretary of the NFF Referees Committee, Mallam Sani Zubair revealed that a team of three FIFA instructors would be led by the Regional Development Officer, Carlos Manuel Neves Henrique, and will include Felix Onias Tangawarima from Zimbabwe (referee instructor) and Tracy Sophia Lovell (physical instructor).
The FIFA instructors will be supported by nine (9) highly –respected Nigerian instructors Calistus Chukwujekwu, Felicia Okonji, Mohammed Adebayo Ameenu and Faith Irabor (technical), as well as Abraham Zakowi, Bola Abidoye, Emmanuel Edikin Imiere, Bola Sekiteri and Stella Eloji (physical).
The program will take place at the National Stadium Complex, Abuja with theoretical classes inside the Media Centre of the complex.
Day one involves Physical Fitness Test; Laws of the Game; Google Test; Formation of Working Groups & Allocation of Clips.
Day two will see the participants learn Practical Training Recovery; Power Point Presentation on Offside; Clips Discussion and Analysis; Tactical Fouls; Positioning and Movement/Reading the Game
On day three, there will be Practical Training Instant Feedback; Clip Discussion &Analysis on Handball; Analysis on Penalty Area Incidents; Presentation on Integrity; Video Test (incorporating all areas)
Day four Practical Training Instant Feedback; Discussion on Tactical Fouls; Qualities of a Match Official; Presentation By Physical Instructor; Discussion on Clips from Referees
While day five will involves areas such as Video Test; Discussion Forum and Course; Course Conclusion; Closing Ceremony/Certificate Presentation.