Corporate world must help uplift refereeing standards – ex-ref

By Colleen Tafireyi

RETIRED refereeing icon Felix Tangawarima believes the corporate world should assist in financing courses for referees as standards continue to plummet.



e=”Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>In an interview with IndependentSport this week, the highly-respected referee said he was dedicating his efforts towards developing refereeing standards in the country.


Tangawarima retired last year after more than 10 years of outstanding performances that saw him grace the African Nations Cup twice.


“I am busy coordinating a compulsory course for all PSL (Premier Soccer League) referees,” he said. “But the problem is funding. We are putting maximum effort to uplift local refereeing levels but we require sound sponsorship to achieve that.”


The Chivhu-born referee said local referees were among the best in Africa but usually lacked refresher courses to keep them abreast of changes in the game.


“If you see the Confederation of African Football and Fifa appoint more of our referees to officiate at big tournaments like the World Cup and African Nations Cup it means a lot. We however require refresher courses regularly.”


Tangawarima will, starting next week, be coordinating refresher courses for local referees.


“The course for PSL referees will be aimed at highlighting changes in the modern game. After this one we will introduce provincial refereeing courses.”


A Caf match commissioner and Fifa referees instructor, Tangawarima ruled out chances of him returning to the soccer field again.


“Honestly, I don’t imagine myself trotting up and down the field again. I decided to retire when everyone needed me, which was a good thing to do. I didn’t want to overstay and will not bounce back. I will work hard to help other referees.”