Kohima, June 27: Altogether 48 football referees from 8 districts of Nagaland are undergoing a three-day long State Level Football Referees Clinic organised by Nagaland Football Referee Board and hosted by Kohima District Football Referee Association at IG Stadium here.
Gracing the inaugural session this morning, Nagaland Football Association (NFA) president Atuo Mezhür Sekhose was of the view that the standard of football in the State has not seen much of an improvement during the past several years because NFA has not been providing the required guidance and instructions to the players and the referees.
Also attributing the slackness on the knowledge of local referees not being up to date, he expressed hope that clinic as this would help in improving the knowledge of referee with the latest changes in the laws of the game.
Pointing that both players and referees have to be centrally registered, he lamented that in Nagaland very few players and referees have got themselves registered. Citing that the state could not participate in the last Santosh Trophy because of the lack of registration of the selected players, he encouraged the football players to get themselves registered.
He also said that even referees cannot conduct matches without have proper registration, he urged them to do the same while also appealing them to remain updated with the latest changes and also maintain physical fitness.
On the dismal activities of the NFA, Sekhose said it is due to fund constraint that the Association has not been able to carry out activities to promote the game of football in the State.
In his short speech, All India Football Federation referee instructor Joy Chandra, who is also the resource person of the clinic said that in order to enhance football the prime requirement is cohesive coordination between the administration, coach and referee.
In this, he specially asked the referees to keep themselves updated as lots of changes are notified every year in the rules of the game.
Joy Chandra is being assisted by referee from Manipur Kiranjeet Th.
Referees from Dimapur, Wokha, Peren, Mokokchung, Zunheboto, Tuensang, Phek and Kohima are attending the training which will conclude on June 29. (Page News Service) 28