The Football Association of Zambia says it will continue with football advancement and capacity development programmes which continue to advance the local game.

In officially closing an elite FIFA/FAZ Referees Course at the NAPSA Ground in Lusaka last Friday, FAZ Executive Committee Member Marsha Chilemena said going into 2010 and beyond the national soccer governing body will work to ensure that it builds on the success of the ended 18 months.

“Over the last 18 months, FAZ has trained over 385 coaches, referees and officials. This has greatly helped enhance the administration of the game at club level as well as other technical aspects such as coaching, talent identification and refereeing,” Chilemena said adding: “With the establishment of the FAZ Technical Directorate, we will further enhance training and capacity development programmes. In that regard, I wish to urge all stakeholders to join hands with FAZ so that together we can take our game to greater heights.”

He challenged the 25 elite referees to continue working hard and apply skills learned in their work.

With the training of the 25, FAZ has now trained over 400 critical players of the game over the last two years – record for the game in the country.