Monday, October 18, 2010

FIFA MA Referee Course in Vanuatu a success

Local football referees in Vanuatu have the chance to enhance and upgrade their referee knowledge skills for a week in Port Vila last week when they attended the FIFA refereeing course contacted by OFC RAP team. The week-long course began on Monday 11th to 15th October 2010 was attended by 31 football referees and 14 Instructors from all the affiliated football associations within the Vanuatu Football Federation.

The Vice President of VFF, Saby Natonga officially close the course last Friday and ask all referees in Vanuatu to work hard and prepare well before they officiate any matches in their MAs or  VFF. He said, "If there are no referees, there is no good football but you referees have a very big responsibility to do and the responsibility is to love football and you must always prepare well be officiating a soccer match."

Mr Natonga acknowledged the course and said the demand for higher and better refereeing in leagues around the country is of concern. He thanked the participants for taking their time to attend the course and has called on them to keep up their commitment towards building football in the country in line with FIFA standards.

"I fully support the words of VFF President, Lambert Maltock that in the future you referees must not boycott any soccer matches because you are all part of VFF team to develop football in Vanuatu."

Massimo Raveino in his opening speech he said Vanuatu Referees must work hard again to achieve success in refereeing. He said before Vanuatu was regarded as one country who supplies good referees that officiated in different World Cups tournament but now the standards is going down.

Mr Nasse Carlo VFF RDO said he is happy with the course and have learned a lot from OFC FIFA RAP team and ask his referees to work as a team to achieve success again in refereeing.

Mr Saby Natonga thanked FIFA and OFC for organizing the course again in Vanuatu for the third time.


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