The President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi, has said that the referees’ fitness or Cooper test his very fair and there are no gray areas when it comes to choosing and awarding match officials.
In recent times, referees have received harsh criticism for what some have graded as “poor” performances in the both the Glo Premier League and Division One league.
In addition, the number of Ghanaian referees taking part in continental and international competitions has diminished and this has raised concern among stakeholders in the football world over the competence of Ghanaian referees.
Speaking to Citi Sports
at a referee’s assessment program at the El-Wak Stadium on Friday, Kwesi Nyantakyi , expressed happiness at seeing the stringent work that the officials were doing to get their badges.
He explained that, with officiating an important aspect of football, the strictness of the test will be of benefit the game in Ghana.
“Refereeing is one of the key pillars of the game and we have a lot of interest in matters that concern the area. We know that he physical fitness test is one of the ways used to give FIFA badges to the referees and that is why I am Over the years, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the selection that forms the basis of qualifying the referees. So, I am here to see things for myself and I have observed that everything is very transparent and open.“
''There are no doubts about those who pass and fail the tests.”
He went on to state that the latest advancements in technology and experienced assessors have helped to make the grading process more successful and efficient in choosing the right candidates for the local game.
“The modern gadgets that are being used here go beyond me but they aid the work being done.
Of course, there are times when people can make mistakes but these machines will completely eliminate the margins of error and the controversies that surround the selection of the officials. Those who are also managing the process have been well-versed in the area so they will choose the best people for the job.”
Referees Cecil Fletcher and Theresa Bremanso were among those at the El-Wak Stadium taking the test which entails sprinting, endurance training and observation and match officials are required to pass the test in order to obtain their badges.
By : Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana