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New referees graduate

The referees attended the 1-week Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) Basic Refereeing Course which was conducted at the SIFF headquarters in Honiara. The training was conducted by SIFF referee instructors Chris Saeni, Robert Sulimae, Hamilton Siau, Jackson Akoeasi and supervised Justin Mutukera.
The course covered all the 17 laws of association football within the FIFA Laws of the Game 2010/11 publication. The participants were also educated on flagging techniques and the training was wrapped up with an exam.
SIFF referee development officer, Justin Mutukera, says that it has been a fruitful week for refereeing and he is pleased for the new referees.
“A lot of hard work has been exerted this week by the instructors and the participants and we have achieved our goal for training more new referees. Congratulations to all the new referees and I look forward to working with them out in the field,” Mutukera says.
Mutukera explains that from a numerical point of view his office is very happy with the response for the course because it will address the declining number of local referees experienced in Honiara and he calls upon the new referees to attend training regularly.
“Completing the course is the beginning of refereeing and a lot of hard work needs to be done before they are fully qualified to officiate in matches and I wish to offer the support of our team of instructors,” Mutukera says.
SIFF media officer, Joseph Boso, spoke on behalf of the general secretary at the closing ceremony and he congratulated the new referees for their achievement.
“SIFF congratulates and thanks you for your desire to take up refereeing and for your hard work throughout this week. Refereeing is one of the pillars of football and your roles as match officials will be important for the growth of the game in Solomon Islands,” Boso says.
One of the referee graduands, Ramsay Mamata, says that receiving the refereeing certificate has fulfilled a personal ambition for him and he feels proud to finally become a qualified referee.
“I am the third person in my family to become a football referee and I am happy that I am able to carry on the legacy after the others have retired. Also, I have been refereeing football matches for a while but this certificate will enable me to officiate in sanctioned matches and I see that as a big personal achievement for me,” Mamata says.
A second course will be commencing this afternoon to cater for additional entrants who could not attend the course last week due to the limited capacity of the conference facilities. Another 25 participants have registered for the this course.

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