QFA referees, technical staffers honoured at ceremony
DOHA: The Qatar Football Association (QFA) on Sunday honoured the
technical staff members who manage games, the behind-the-scene shows
and day-to-day affairs.
In a ceremony held at Radisson Blu Hotel, the special gathering was
attended by Hana Balan, the Qatar Stars League (QSL) CEO, Mansoor Al
Ansari, the QFA Secretary General, Neji Jouni, Executive Director of
the Referees Committee at QFA and Massimo Busacca, Fifa’s head of
QFA officials and managers also attended the meeting.
Salman Falahi, the referee of the Emir Cup final, was handed a menento
for being named ‘Best Referee of the Year’. Salim Juma was declared
the ‘Best Assistant Referee’ in the season.
Balan presented awards to Rustam Baker and Ibrahim Ali also.
Qatari referees who featured at the FIFA U-16 World Championship in
Chile including Abd al-Rahman Al-Jassem, Salem Saud Ahmed, Abdullah
Hassan Al Shahrani, Abdul Hadi Rwaili and Salem Eid Ali were also
given special awards.
Senior staff members at QFA were also honoured at the ceremony.
Schools that cooperated with QFA during the season were also honoured.
Busacca of FIFA praised the role played by QFA to develop the game and
to take the initiative of helping people take up refereeing seriously.
He said he came to Doha for the first time in 2003 and was amazed to
see the pace of football development in Qatar since then.
Busacca said QFA should be rightfully proud of its diverse role to
develop the sport in the country and the region.