It was a glorious end for Nigerians as the intensive one week programme of the CAFÂ Â 2010 Continental Referees Evaluation Courses came to an end last week end.
Held at the Novotel Hotel near CAF headquarters in Cairo Egypt, course participants and lecturers were unanimous that it was worth their while even as the continent stands to benefit.
OverÂ seventy per cent of the fifty three referees instructors from all over Africa who participated in the course came off in the Class A classification while the rest were in the B Grade.
Among those in the first classification are the threeÂ Nigerian referees instructors courseÂ participators â€“ Chigozie Emmanuel Uneke; MsÂ Faith Irabor; and Dr. Aliu Ibrahim Saulawa.
The Evaluation Panel was led by Badara Sene [Senegal] Vice President CAF Referees Committee who represented the Committeeâ€™s President Amadou Diakite [Mali]. Other Members are Linus Mba [Nigeria]; Marcel Njipendi [Cameroun] â€“ Members of the CAF Referees Committe assisted by Referee Instructors – Ian Mcleod [South Africa], and Bema Doumbia [Cote d’ Ivoire].
The results of the assessments of the instructors in both theirÂ Â theoretical and practical teaching will be analysed by the Referees Committee at their next September meeting which will determine their way forward.
At the closing ceremony, Badara Sene urged the instructors to returnÂ to their countries to sustain CAFâ€™s efforts in the area ofÂ refereeing development in Africa.