Thu, 28 Oct, 2021
Male´: The AFC Project Future Referees Batch 2012 Second Development Course started at the Maldives capital Male´ from Tuesday with the course theme of ‘Top on the Job’.
The Maldives’ Deputy Minister of Education Ibrahim Ismail, officially opened the course being participated by a total of 11 referees from nine AFC Member Associations.
Subkhiddin Mohammed Salleh of Malaysia and Charles Cheung of Hong Kong are the referee instructors of the five-day course organised to develop refereeing skills of young referees in a foreign environment. The referees will officiate FA Maldives' 3rd Division League from 20 Aug to 25 Aug 2013.
Speaking on the course opening, Deputy Minister Ismail, who also has a refereeing background after getting a distinction of being the first FIFA referee of the Maldives, said: “AFC’s Project Future is a very good programme and I would like to request the participants to use this opportunity to hone their knowledge and aim as high as officiating in the World Cup.”
The former Maldives international and also the former general secretary of the Football Association of Maldives (FAM) and former President of Maldives Olympic Committee also encouraged the participants to aim high in their career as referee.
“Opportunity to reach the highest level is within reach to everybody. Modern technology has great impact in the world today. However, we cannot have a robot as referee. Technology can only assist referees not replace referees.
“Referees should be intelligent and conduct their duties with good knowledge and preparation,” he added.
Also present during the opening ceremony were Deputy General Secretary of the FAM Mohamed Nasir, FAM Director of Referees Ismail Izhan (A Project Future 2007 Graduate) and Ahmed Mujuthaba of Atolls Football.