The country’s 35 top flight referees who include 6 females passed the five-day member association FIFA and ZIFA course at Prince Edward conducted by FIFA referee instructors Felix Tangawarima and Malawian Mark Mtshengu.

The five-day member association referees course began on Monday.  

ZIFA applied to FIFA to hold the course and when approved FIFA sent a fitness trainer and technical expert to conduct the referees’ course.

All the country’s 35 top referees passed with a 100 percent record in both the fitness and practicals held in class and on the field of play.

FIFA referees instructor Tangawarima appealed for the FIFA quota to be increased and warned referees not to involve themselves in football politics and focus on the game.

Officially closing the course ZIFA president, Phillip Chiyangwa said referees play a critical role in football and should keep themselves abreast with the latest developments and strive to develop themselves with relevant leadership skills.

ZIFA referees committee vice chairman, Gladmore Muzambi commended FIFA and ZIFA for the course which he described as both grueling and successful.

Members of the elite panel who officiate in the top flight games in CAF regional and FIFA international matches said they would apply the skills and knowledge acquired during their work.

The course sharpened the referees’ skills in the correct application of the laws of the game.