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Sports Saturdays with Khaled: Jordanian referees get int’l certification

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AMMAN — Welcome to another week of Sports Saturdays, where we wrap up the week in terms of local sports for you. This week we have Jordanian referees getting their international badges, the Asia Football Cup, youth basketball, and rugby.اضافة اعلان



RefereesOn Thursday, the Jordanian Football Federation held a ceremony to deliver international badges to referees for the year 2023, which included eight head referees, 10 assistant referees, and two futsal referees.

These badges allow the Jordanian referees preside over matches in the Kingdom as well as abroad.

The refs included Ahmad Faisal, Mohammed Arafa, Adham Makhadameh, Mohammed Mufeed, Saddam Amara, Ahmed Yaqoub, Israa Mubaida, and Hanin Murad.

Meanwhile, FIFA adopted the following list for assistant referees: Ahmed Mounis, Ayman Obeidat, Mohamed Al-Khalaf, Ahmed Samara, Hamza Abu Obeid, Amro Ajaj, Hamza Saadah, Qais Khamees, Sabreen Al-Abadi, and Islam Al-Abadi.

As for futsal referees, Mohammad Abu Touq and Mohammad Ekhlil received their badges.


FootballAl-Nashama, Jordan’s national team, is ready to start the year. In turn, the Jordanian Football Association (JFA) is gearing up preparations.

First off this year is the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) Championship, in which Jordan will be participating in March at the UAE.

Meanwhile, according to preparation plans approved this week, Al-Nashama will also be attending a training camp in Austria, during which two friendly matches are scheduled against Serbia on June 16 and then New Zealand on June 20.

On September 7, Al-Nashama are set to play a friendly match against Norway in Oslo, and on September 12, they are set to play Azerbaijan in Baku.

The JFA also organized a four-way friendly tournament within specified FIFA days in October in the capital Amman. The tournament will see the participation of Al-Nashama along with the teams of Qatar and Iran.

Confirmation is still pending from Algeria on whether they will be joining the tournament.


Youth basketballAl-Fuheis Club was crowned the U16 Girls Basketball League champions after beating the Orthodox Club by 66-43 in the last match held in Prince Hamza's Hall in Al-Hussein Youth City on Thursday.

Al-Fuheis won the championship after tallying up three wins.


RugbyRugby in Jordan is still waiting for various international and local entitlements to roll in.

Nevertheless, according to the calendar approved by the Jordan Olympic Committee, the first quarter of this year marks the start of preparations for the eighth edition of the Arab Rugby 7s Tournament.

Both the men’s and women’s teams will be participating in the championship, which is hosted at the UAE from February 18 and 19.


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