Somalia, Burundi referees sent home

Published on Sunday 13th July 2008

Somalia: Three referees, two from Somalia and one from Burundi have been sent home from the East and Central Africa Club Championships after failing their physical tests. Confirming this in Dar es Salaam yesterday,


Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa) secretary general Nicholas Musonye of Kenya said while the three successfully underwent their medical tests, they failed the physical fitness test, thus are unfit to officiate at the two-week tournament being held in Dar es Salaam and Morogoro.

They are centre referee Abdi Abdile and assistant referee Ali Ahmed from Somalia and Burundi referee Habomana Bernard. Cecafa has moved fast to replace them with referee Waziri Sheha from Zanzibar, Caleb Amwayi from Kenya and assistant referee Khamis Changwalu from Tanzania Mainland.

The rest of the referees for the tournament are Thomas Onyango from Kenya, Charles Mbaga from Tanzania, Dennis Batte from Uganda and Munyemana Hudu from Rwanda. The assistants are Samwel Mbezu, Juma Ali Kombo, Tesfagiorgis Berhe from Eritrea, Mussie Kinde from Ethiopia and Hesborn Mbogo from Kenya.

Musonye said it was unfortunate that some referees failed to keep themselves fit ahead of the tournament, declaring that such whistlers will never be entertained. The tests were held at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Friday by Kenya’s Robert Anangwe and Ally Hafidh from Zanzibar.

Speaking to the tournament’s referees ahead of the Saturday start, Musonye urged them to work hard with a view to earning places in prestigious tournaments, such as the African Cup of Nations and World Cup. He said regional referees were lucky that Cecafa was giving them opportunities to shine through their many annual tournaments. He said assignments to Cecafa tournaments will continue to be spread out, but cautioned that only those who impress would be entertained.