Botswana Volleyball Federation applauds the fifth Motswana for being appointed an international referee after completing his course.
Moses Mpaesele studied International Referee candidate course in Morocco. Senior Sport Development officer, Mission Mereyotlhe, said the course requires him to officiate at a number of international games before he is licensed.
The Federation International de Volleyball unveiled its 58-strong International Referees List for 2010, which was approved by the FIVB Refereeing Commission and is expected to be ratified by the FIVB Board of Administration during its April 14-16 meeting in the Dominican Republic. “The new referees have all had the relative training, which includes overseeing three confederation matches, as well as being fluent in English and will be eligible to officiate in international competitions in 2010 onwards,” said Mereyotlhe.
There are three levels in the world of FIVB refereeing, which are National Referee, International Referee and FIVB Referee.
The list of FIVB referees, which is a selection on average of 10-15 of the highest quality referees, will also be ratified by the FIVB Board of Administration.
George Keotsene, Vice President Technical, said the BVF congratulated Moses Mpaesele for being appointed the International referee after completing his course.
“We hope this will go a long way in promoting good officiating in volleyball,” said Keotsene.
Mpaesele follows Gotlhe Rapotsanyane, Mogami Molosiwa and Edgar Serole and Tiro Setlhare who also are international referees.
“We also have one candidate and plan to send a woman referee this year,” said Mereyotlhe, adding that they once sent women referees but they did not make it.
He, however, told The Sunday Standard that they have confidence in the woman referee they will be sending.
Mpaesele once played at Spartans and Diphatsa Volleyball Clubs and was a referee for almost ten years.
“We are aiming at growing with the new developments in the industry and we strive to grow and develop volleyball in Botswana,” said Mereyotlhe.