The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA), on Friday 10th January 2020, decorated seven elite referees who have recently been approved by the world governing body as FIFA Referees at the federation’s secretariat. The approved FIFA match officials for 2020 are; Dawdu Williams, Raymond Coker, Shuib Bangura and Assistant Referees Franklyn Marah, Micheal Conteh, Musa A Sandy and Ibrahim Bah By way of confirming their FIFA status, SLFA presented FIFA badges, ID Cards, integrity handbooks and other necessary FIFA regalia to the seven officials. A pair of the new SLFA Mafro branded tracksuit was given to each of the referees as a gesture from the federation’s General Secretary Christopher Kamara. Addressing the referees, the SLFA General Secretary commended the elite referees for their excellent performance especially during international matches in 2019. He said that last year Sierra Leone referees officiated in a record number of seven different international matches at the AFCON Qualifiers and WAFU competitions. Kamara added, “with this type of progress we are sure to see our referees officiating in the upcoming African Cup of Nations and World Cup Qualifying matches.
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The Deputy Chair of the Referees Committee, P.K. Muana, applauded the referees for their tremendous growth and improvement over the past few years with particular reference to last year in which they officiated the highest number of international matches in a calendar year. Muana encouraged the referees to maintain fairness and best judgment in their work adding, “integrity in the refereeing profession is not an option but a must. As a Committee, we are planning to introduce a systematic mentoring program and a comprehensive welfare system to make the work of the referees better.” Muana ended by congratulating the newly approved FIFA referees on their achievement as he encouraged them to use their FIFA badges in flying the country’s flag at global stages.
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