The Referees Association of Ghana, Tamale Metro holds their maiden edition of a dinner party dabbed Tamale Metro Referees Association’s Dinner Party in the conference hall at Dabokpa Technical Institute in Tamale on Saturday, September 9, 2023.
The dinner party according to them is meant to socialize, share experiences and motivational speeches from retired referees with the younger generation.
The event brought together FIFA retired referee A.S Malik, FIFA retired referee Haruna Ayuba, FIFA retired referee A.S Seidu, Retired referee and current National Vice Chairman of Match Commissioners Association – Alhaji John, Retired referee Abubakar Haruna, Northern Regional RAG Chairman – Alhaji Alhassan Yahaya, Tamale Metro Referees Chairman – Chief Abdulai Mohammed Rashaad, RFA referees’ Technical Instructor Sumani Kadir, Retired referee Awal Mohammed, current Vice Chairman-Tamale Metro Baba Mashud Haruna, RAG Regional Secretary Mutaka Mohammed Nashiru and many other referees across the region.
The event was a colorful one with a very rich experiences being shared.
RAG N/R Chairman Alhaji Alhassan Yahaya
The Chairman of the occasion Chief Abdulai Mohammed Rashaad charged the younger Referees to climb higher than the immediate retired Referees did. According to him, the path isn’t smooth as some of them may think. The retired referee reiterate that the path to success in refereeing is full of hurdles. However, he stated that, with hard work, determination and discipline, success will surely come on their way.
Chief Abdulai Mohammed Rashaad (Metro Chairman)
FIFA retired referees, A.S Malik indicated that, they have done their part by getting to the level of maintaining the FIFA budge for eleven years without disappointing. He also stated that, they set a record of having one of their own officiate at the U-20 World Cup (Retired FIFA Referee Haruna Ayuba) and urge the young generation to break that record by going pass them.
FIFA retired Referee A.S Malik
Retired FIFA Referee Haruna Ayuba and A.S Seidu urge the young ones to be descipline and maintain their fitness level. Self-motivation is key to success, Ref Haruna Ayuba stated.
FIFA retired referee Haruna Ayuba
National Vice Chairman of Match Commissioners and retired referee, Alhaji John shared some of his experiences with the young referees. He stated that, the current referees are lucky to have experienced referees to guide them. He urge them to learn the new laws of the game and also be willing to ask questions.
Retired referee Alhaji John
RAG Northern Region Chairman, Alhaji Alhassan Yahaya also charged the referees to be united and always help one another. He sited how Ref Haruna Ayuba helped join the refereeing fraternity and he is where is he is today because of that. Training, respecting and learning the laws will always help shape you as a referee. He added
Retired referee Chief Abubakar Haruna
It is believed that, the get together would be an annual event and would always bring on board experts in Refereeing to socialize with the younger one and share their experiences with them.
By: Musah Abdul-Rahim