With the suspension of competitions since mid-March due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Confederation of African Football (Caf) match officials have launched a ‘Stayfit’ campaign to maintain their fitness levels.
In a 6:45 minutes video, a section of referees and assistants referees highlight the importance of physical activities in boosting one’s health, and the fight against Covid-19 in addition to observing the preventive measures outlined by health authorities.
The match officials are seen engaged in physical exercises either in the gym or at home as they brace up for a return to sporting activities on the continent.
Caf refereeing director, Eddy Maillet said: “It is very important for the referees to continue exercising on their own during this period of no activity.
“It will help their fitness levels and put them in good shape once football returns. The Caf refereeing department is in constant touch with the referees, advice on training regimes as well as reminding them to observe the preventive protocols.”
Meanwhile, Caf is monitoring the situation closely and working with the Wealth Health Organisation (WHO) and Fifa on the impact of the virus on the continent and will announce developments relating to competitions at a later stage.
The participants in the video are Victor Gomes (South Africa), Daniel Laryea (Ghana), Papa Bakary Gassama (Gambia), Bamlak Tessema (Ethiopia), Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria), Maguette Ndiaye (Senegal), Elvis Guy Noupue (Cameroon), Jerson Emiliano Dos Santos (Angola), Dorsaf Ganouati (Tunisia), Christelle Aurore Ligan (Benin), Felicia Okwugba Okonji (Nigeria) – Caf Instructor.
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