Cameroonian born journalist Isifu Wirfengla opens a new chapter in his love for football as a FECAFOOT/FIFA referee after graduating recently as a Level 1 referee from the Mfoundi training programme in the Centre Region of Cameroon.
Isifu who is currently working with the communication unit of the Ministry of Justice in Yaounde graduated as a Level 1 referee after spending close to seven months in the training.
He was part of the close to 50 trainees who showed up for the programme in various categories. During this period, the trainees were drilled on the various laws in the game and also underwent physical fitness tests to see that they are up to the task physically.
The former CBS radio Sportscaster in Buea had also won a number of fans as he ran match commentaries in games across the region. This has seen many applauding him for having the qualities of famous football commentators like Peter Drury, Jon champion among others.
Speaking to sports24cameroon.com, Isifu said his decision to become a referee was driven by his passion for the king sport (football). This has seen him handling informal games and friendlies in Buea. However, when he arrived in Yaoundé, he decided to make his passion for officiating football games official
“When I arrived in Yaoundé in March, a friend told me about the Mfoundi Football League refereeing course. I gladly joined and today I am proud to be a referee. While growing up, I desired to either play or run commentaries on football.
After doing radio broadcasting for four years, another dimension crept in, refereeing. I am grateful to everyone who supported this dream, especially the Mfoundi referees’ Commission headed by Mr Joseph Forba. I promise I will make them proud.” Isifu averred.
The journalist turned FECAFOOT/FIFA referee promises to give in his best to see that football in the country and the world at large continue to gain momentum.
Hear him: “At this level, I want to officiate plenty of games, gather experience and also work hard theoretically and physically to reach Elite 1. I believe I can. Basically, I want to contribute my own quota to FECAFOOT, CAF and FIFA as they try to make the games beautiful as always.”
So far in his new journey, Isifu has handled two D4 games as a linesman and hopes to do more in his new found career.
Who is Isifu Wirfengla?
The native Nso, from Mbah in Bui Division of the Northwest Region of Cameroon was the best student in the 2012 batch of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of the University of Buea, UB.
This record is yet to be beaten by any other student from the said department. He also headed the Sports Service of CBS Radio in Buea from September 2015 to March 2018.
In other to transfer knowledge to others, the renowned sports commentator taught Language subjects for three years at GHS Bekora Barombi for three years.
In other to keep and maintain his fan base, the assiduous Isifu created the famous Volcaniksports blog and a Facebook page to keep his fans updated.
As a player, the left-footed Isifu animated the game in many of his local teams as left back with many calling him Marcelo.