Gruelling test for referees

Gruelling test for referees

Maseru – The premier league Referee’s Committee is confident it has covered all bases in the quest to prevent crowd violence in the 2017/18 season.
Last season saw a marked spike in fan trouble with the worst incident coming during a league match between Matlama and Lioli last October where a supporter died.
With the new campaign just two weeks away, Referee’s Committee president Maponyane Letsie said Lesotho’s match officials are better equipped to handle the rigours of their job this season.
Last Saturday the country’s referees underwent a FIFA fitness test at Setsoto Stadium during which 38 officials passed. Letsie said in order to avoid last season’s violence which was often sparked by supporters’ dissatisfaction over refereeing decisions, the Referee’s Committee has held exhaustive meetings with match officials.

The meetings have included going through the referees’ manuals carefully and understanding the laws of the game. Letsie said if referees are better prepared it will reduce mistakes. “We don’t punish referees but we discipline them,” he said. “If you look at last season, the violence happened in the second round and we have met with the referees and told them to read their manuals well, to get to their games in time and to prepare and always be focused.”

“The referees should rest,” Letsie added. “They should be fit. Some of the mistakes they made you could see that this person took a decision quickly, yet you have to breathe and then make a decision. We tried to talk to talk to them. If you are not fit you will not be able to run with the players.”

Letsie’s upbeat outlook came after the Referee’s Committee saw positive results at last weekend’s FIFA test at Setsoto Stadium.
Only 11 referees failed the assessments and all were A-Division referees. All 38 Vodacom Premier League and FIFA referees passed.
The tests were conducted using FIFA’s fitness standards and were in preparation for the new top-flight season which kicks off next weekend.
Letsie said referees were not left behind while clubs were busy with their preseason training.

“We have been preparing hard for the new season too and we are ready,” he said. “This past weekend we had a fitness test for all our referees and we are happy only a few failed the test while all the premier league referees and FIFA referees passed.” Letsie said some referees failed because they did not attend the test.
“Those that failed the test it is due to different reasons, some didn’t attend the test. If you don’t attend the test then you fail, some did attend but didn’t finish,” Letsie said. “We are prepared enough. The good thing during the offseason is that not so many teams need referees so we always tell them to start preparing and train on their own.”

FIFA Referees:
Osias Koto
Lebalang Mokete
Retšelisitsoe Molise
Mathabo Kolokotoana
Nteboheleng Setoko

FIFA Assistant Referees
Phatšoane Souru
Puputla Lesupi
Makara Moabi
Mapoho Mapoho
Puleng Mahomo
Polotso Maapara

Luciah Phahla

Previous Premier league start postponed
Next Sello, Khereng off to Taiwan

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