The country’s 35 topflight referees who include six females are attending a member association FIFA and ZIFA five-day course at Prince Edward being conducted by FIFA referee instructors Felix Tangawarima and Malawian Mark Mtshengu.

The referees’ course began on Monday.

The referees’ passed fitness test with a 100 percent record and will now shift focus to practicals both in class and on the field of play.

The course according to Tangawarima is part of FIFA and ZIFA capacity building of local topflight football referees and will focus on amendment of rules and will be 80 percent practicals and will embrace the new philosophy and concepts FIFA wants to implement.

ZIFA president, Phillip Chiyangwa officially opened the course and commended FIFA instructors for sharpening the referees’ skills as custodians of the game and making them more competitive in Africa in the correct application of the laws of the game.

The 35 referees’ are members of the elite panel to officiate in the topflight games in Zimbabwe and in CAF regional and international matches.