Liberian referees urged to give their best
By: Naneka Hoffman
The Liberia Football Association (LFA) President Mustapha Raji has urged referees to give their best at all tine, especially, during matches.
Raji said referees are criticized for all the wrong or right reasons, by people, who don’t understand the laws of the game.
He called on referees to give 99 percent of their best because critics will still find reasons to have the one percent.
He made the urge during a refereeing debriefing workshop held at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia on Monday, 23 January.
“When I was running to be your servant in 2018, I promised to do a lot for referees because you are a cardinal part of the game. With my interaction and support of the executive committee, six referees went to Saudi Arabia last year for training.
Two referees also went to Morocco where they learned about VAR . We have increased the indemnities of referees and other match officials. We want to raise the bar higher than we met it,” he pledged.
He encouraged referees to learn new things because the world is advancing daily with technologies, adding that “There are new things that are happening every day around the world. There was no VAR yesterday. So, we aren’t targeting anyone or trying to get rid of anyone when we introduced computer knowledge because no one will make your report [for you in the competitions management system].”
“So do your best to serve football because there will always be critics. In fact, criticisms help to make our work better. On behalf of the executive committee, I hereby declared this workshop officially opened,” added Raji.
Also speaking, LFA secretary-general Kollie A. Dorko expressed delight in being part of the forum.
“It is always good to have a review session like this to learn from past mistakes in order to prepare you for the future,” Atty. Dorko said.
Former FIFA-badged referee and LFA secretary-general Idrissa Kaba said the debriefing session is important.
“We never had debriefing sessions when I was a referee. You learned from your own mistakes or someone’s mistakes all by yourself but today, we are having this session for you and with you to learn from your own mistakes.”
The interaction should have been held at the ATS on 21 January but was postponed due to unforeseen circumstances.
One hundred (100) referees and assistant referees (18 females and 82 males) were selected from Bomi, Bong, Grand Bassa, Montserrado, Margibi and Nimba counties to attend the debriefing facilitated by instructors Stanley Konah, Stephen Kafi, Jr., Benedict A. Yarsiah and Alex Nagbo.