Guyanese referees to officiate in Caribbean Club Championship
Two locally-based FIFA referees have been appointed match officials for the Caribbean Club Championship to be held in Trinidad and Tobago from January 31-February 4. Gladwyn Johnson and Kevin Stephens are among 12 match officials appointed by CONCACAF to serve at the event.
In an invited comment, Johnson said he was happy for his first appointment of 2018: “I really appreciate this appointment. It’s always a pleasure to officiate, doing what I love doing. I’m looking forward to having a wonderful tournament officiating as I strive for excellence as I go along in my refereeing career.”
Stephens, for his part, considers this appointment as a step to achieve his goal of officiating at the FIFA World Cup: “I will continue to strive for excellence and to develop an attitude and habit to that of a professional referee since my goal is to officiate at the FIFA World Cup. With this, I’m hoping to pave the way for other young aspiring referees to follow in my footsteps and bring more glory to our beautiful Guyana.”
Among the other match officials are those from Jamaica, Mexico, St. Kitts and Nevis, Cuba, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America, Cayman Islands, Curacao and El Salvador.
Meanwhile, Johnson and Stephens are among eight locally-based FIFA-accredited match officials retained for 2018 – three male, one female referee and four Assistant Referees.
The lone female official, Maurees Skeete, is listed as a CONCACAF Tier 2 referee. Johnson maintained his status in the CONCACAF Targeted Advanced Referee Program (TARP), while Stephens regained his status as a CONCACAF Tier 2 Assistant Referee and Sherwin Moore maintained his status as a CONCACAF Tier 3 referee.
According to Stanley Lancaster, Head of GFF’s Refereeing Department, the list of referees re-nominated to the FIFA 2018 panel is encouraging. However, he was disappointed that it also signals a reduction to the number of locally-based FIFA-accredited match officials.
“The team of re-nominated referees has been consistent in their performance over the past year and signals the confidence the governing body has in the locally-based match officials. Unfortunately, two have not been re-nominated for 2018 – Lenval Peart and Odessa Caleb – but we hope the re-nominated team will inspire other referees to work and commit even harder to the process.”
The re-nominated referees are: MALE REFEREES: Sherwin Moore, Gladwyn Johnson and Sherwin Johnson; MALE ASSISTANT REFEREES: Venton Mars, Kevin Stephens, Trevor Porter, Kleon Lindey; FEMALE REFEREE: Maurees Skeete.