Malawi Olympic Committee (MOC) says the four-day Confederation of African Volleyball (Cavb) national referees course held at Baptist Theological College in Lilongwe will help the country ahead of Zone VI Games in December.
Speaking on Sunday during the closing of the course, conducted by Egyptian instructor Waleed Abdelsamand, MOC executive committee member Dennis Kumwenda said the course will help the referees to sharpen their skills.
“This course is not only important, but also timely as the country will be hosting the Zone VI Games. This will help players to know new rules and regulations of the game,” he said.
The MOC official said it is important that referees get refresher courses regularly.
“Referees are an important aspect in any sport and the game can turn ugly if referees are incompetent,” he said.
On his part, Abdelsamand said the training was successful and he was impressed with the participants’ zeal.
“We did theory and practicals. The response was encouraging. It showed they were ready and looking forward to the course. All did well and are in line for the next phase,” he said.
VAM general secretary (GS) Jairos Nkhoma urged the participants to be active because they will be monitored for them to be considered for advanced coaching courses.
“The next training will make you internationally recognised referees who can officiate anywhere in the world. Work hard and be relevant in your respective areas,” he said.
Nkhoma thanked Malawi National Council of Sports for funding the course to the tune of K4 million.
“It is important for teams to be acquainted with rules and regulations of the game and also expose our teams further in international games,” said the VAM GS.
He said prior to this course, the country had only six active referees.
Speaking on behalf of participants, Flora Nana Mwaungulu from Katoto Queens in Mzuzu said the course will help her know the rules of the game. “This is something I was looking forward to. I am a player, but I wanted to be a qualified referee so that I can help develop the game,” she said.