Karusigarira, kasalirwe eat big as list of Ugandan FIFA referees is released


By Emmanuelk Sekago

The World Football governing body, FIFA has confirmed a list of Ugandan referees approved to receive FIFA badges for the calendar year 2023.

Assistant Referee Timothy Gumisiriza

The list submitted by federation of Uganda football associations (FUFA) to FIFA was released with 24 names including 8 Centre Referees and 10 Assistant Referees for the eleven-aside football.

Futsal maintained the two slots from this year just like Beach Soccer that remained with four slots.

The only increment to 24 comes from main football where Uganda has earned another slot, taken by Lucky Razaake Kasalirwe.

But the bad news the controversial eastern referee Ronald Madanda and northern referee Dick Okello have been kicked out from the list of International Referees for the year 2023. With Assistant referee Dick Okello who failed to meet the international medical standards as he refused to take the mandatory Covid 19 jab stating that his religion doesnot allow him from getting vaccinated missing opportunity to officiate at Afcon, while Madanda who had come back from serving his ban slapped by FUFA after he was found guilty of mishandling the aborted league match between Onduparaka and KCCA.

Meaning, that Timothy Gumisiriza Karusigarira takes over Okello’s slot while Lucky Kasalirwe takes the place that was occupied by Madanda.

The Full list of the 24 Ugandan FIFA Certified Referees 2023

Male Centre Referees: Mashood Ssali, Ali Sabilla Chelangat, William Oloya, Lucky Razaake Kasalirwe and George Olemu

Male Assistant Referees: Ronald Katenya, Okello Lee, Isa Masembe, Hakim Mulindwa, Emmanuel Okudra and Timothy Gumisiriza Karusigarira

Futsal Referees: Brian Emmy Nsubuga and Isaac Ssengendo

Beach Soccer: Ivan Kintu Bayige, Muhammad Ssenteza, Kennedy Kawagga Bazirio and Joel Chote Munyendoh.

Female Centre Referees: Shamirah Nabadda, Habiba Naigaga and Diana Murungi

Female Assistant Referees: Lydia Nantabo Wanyama, Marex Nakitto Nkumbi, Jane Mutony Mutonyi and Elizabeth Nassolo

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