The five-day course was to prepare the participants with the requisite knowledge, provide guidance on modern trends in refereeing and also gauge their readiness for international competitions namely the U-20 & U-17 Africa Cup of Nations due next year.
Besides theoretical sessions, the participant underwent routine medical checks and intensive physical conditioning to improve their fitness levels
The Young Talent category is the third tier of the CAF Refereeing Structure, and is constituted by referees and assistant referees below 30 years. Elite A is the topmost level followed by the Elite B category.
Over 30 Referees and Assistant Referees drawn from 30 Members Associations took part in the exhaustive program which had Lim Kee Chong (Mauritius), Hadqa Yahya (Morocco) and Ibrahim Maiga (Mali) as instructors.
In a related development, African match officials selected for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India were also taken through a special training and refresher program to put them in the best shape for the global cadet championship.
It is the first time such a training program had been organized and CAF Refereeing Manager, Eddy Maillet, said the novelty is “to ensure the match official are in the best physical, mentally and technical condition to lift high the flag of the continent at FIFA competitions”.
The selected referees are Hamada Nampiandraza (Madagascar), Mehdi Abid Charef (Algeria), Bamlak Tessema (Ethiopia) and Mahamadou Keita (Mali).
Arsenio Marengula (Mozambique), Abdelhak Etchiali (Algeria), Olivier Safari (DR Congo), Yahaya Mahamadou (Niger), Anouar Hmila (Tunisia) and Mark Ssonko (Uganda) complete the list of Assistant Referees.
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