The vice president of the Liberia Football Association Musa Shannoh stressed the need for referees in the country to hold their integrity in high esteem, adding that integrity comes first on the job.
Speaking Monday at the start of a weeklong FIFA 2016 Ma-Elite referee training course at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in Monrovia, Mr. Shannoh said to have good referees in the national leagues, they should put the game first and nothing more.
He said referees are the only people the football house owns and promised to work alone with the Liberia Refrees Association to improve the game. The Ma-Elite referee course is conducted by FIFA for member countries. The first day of training was characterized by fitness test bringing together 25Liberian referees, including four center FIFA badge holders and four assistants.
Also speaking at the opening program, FIFA referee instructor Felix Onas Tangawarima thanked the referee association for the level of progress achieved in the game. Mr. Tangawarima called on the referees to be mindful on the field because the game is changing every day, noting that it’s important to master the laws of the game as a referee because the LFA looks up to the referees to have a good game.
LFA Technical Director Henry Browne, called on the trainees to strive for excellence. “We are looking at you now as elite referees to carry the game forward in this country; we know that there are some problems with the game but as long as you people keep on doing what you learnt, the game will get better”, Mr. Browne said.
A member of the executive committee of the Liberia Football Referee Association Mr. Idrisa Kabed said referees are one of the most important tools in the game of football because without them, there will be no game but war.
Mr. Kabed said the Association is the only body owned by FIFA because referees are the ones holding the game. They make the game enjoyable; if you know the laws of the game so I thank FIFA and the LFA for giving the Ma Elite referee the chance to learn new laws of the game and other things about the game that is new to them.”