By MICHAEL MIYOBA
THERE is need for the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to hold refresher courses for local referees, says Zambia Sports Fans Association (ZSFA) patron, Peter Makembo.
Makembo said in an interview that most referees needed to be retrained because their performance during the 2019 transitional soccer season was not inspiring.
He said it was disappointing to see clubs and coaches complain about the poor performance of refereeing during league games.
He hailed FAZ for conducting the FAZ D Coaching Licence training that has attracted 154 candidates from various institutions in Lusaka.
“We commend FAZ for mentoring local coaches who are crucial to the development of the game in Zambia. But as FAZ trains the coaches, the other group who need retraining are the referees,” he said.
“FAZ should extend the training exercise to referees because their performance during the transition league has been very poor,” Makembo said.
He urged referees to be professional and win international assignments from CAF and FIFA, like top Zambian referees Janny Sikazwe and Gladys Lengwe, who have been instrumental in representing Zambia at global level.
Meanwhile, FAZ Technical Director, Lyson Zulu, said the association will soon embark on the training of referees to ensure that football developed at the same pace across the country.
Speaking during the launch of the FAZ D Coaching licence training at Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC), Zulu said FAZ would train coaches in all the provinces to ensure that they are equipped with the skills needed for the growth of the game.
The coaching course has attracted both former Chipolopolo stars and active players from various clubs.