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Thirty-four granduants enter refereeing fold

Thirty-four referees were given their certificates in the conclusion of the one-week Basic Refereeing course organized by the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) Referee Development Office last week.
SIFF Referee Development Officer, Justin Mutukera, said that this is an important development for refereeing in Solomon Islands.
“The pool of referees has expanded with the graduation of these new referees and they will soon be able to officiate in local competitions,” Mutukera said.
SIFF President Martin Alufurai officiated at the graduation ceremony and congratulated the referees for successfully completing the course.
“I commend you all for taking up refereeing, this is a positive step for football and for yourselves,” Alufurai said to the new referees.
The course also signaled in a new era in referee development with the program being led and instructed by local referee instructors.
Mutukera said that this is one of the highlights of the course and referee development in Solomon Islands has reached a new high.
“The fact that we have our qualified and very experienced referees delivering the course gives participants a richer description of refereeing in our local context,” Mutukera said.
The newly qualified referees will be able to officiate in kids level to youth level football and up to Division 1 and 2 games in the Honiara Football Association league structure.
However, the SIFF Referee Development Office and the local referee instructors will strictly monitor their commitment to training and they will be appointed to officiatein matches only if they satisfy the requirements.
SIFF General Secretary Eddie Ngava, also offered his congratulations to the graduants and thanked them for stepping forward to choose refereeing as a career choice in football.

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