Christopher Chisango’s letter deserves a response. It’s a sick and tired comparison and argument that today’s referees are incompetent because they are not at some tournaments. How many tournaments, since 1980, did the so-called great referees, Felix Tangawarima included attend? Tangawarima one, Nigeria vs Senegal, a game he struggled with. Mudzamiri twice and Ken Marange one.
By Emmanuel Dube,Our Reader
Isn’t it ironic that the so-called great referees are the ones destroying today’s referees?
Ruzive Ruzive made a mistake at Cosafa and your “best” referees suspended him. In 2013 at the African Cup of Nations, Grisha Geard of Egypt made a boob and was sent home, but Egypt did not remove him from the Fifa panel.
It’s only in Zimbabwe where new entrants are made yearly whereas other countries maintain their names to gain experience.
The other major challenge to better refereeing is promotion and appointment. Just recently a Division One referee, Lawrence Zimondi, was nominated for Fifa (5-a-side).
This referee and others proposed for promotion to the Premier League never officiated at Division One crunch games which were wrongly given to the committee’s favourite Premier League referees. Where will these referees get experience? Next year you will expect the referee to handle Dynamos or Highlanders matches. It’s wrong surely to blame these referees, but the committee that promotes and appoints wrong people.
This outgoing committee never accepted advice. Yet “anyone who loves knowledge wants to be corrected when he is wrong, it’s stupid to hate to be corrected”.