GFF honours referees for 2021 performances; two officials make FIFA list

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The Guyana Football Federation (GFF) has presented two match officials with their official FIFA badges for 2022 and recognised the “outstanding performances” of referees during its trio of year-end tournaments.

Referee Sherwin Johnson and Assistant Referee Kleon Lindey maintained their spots on the 2022 FIFA Refereeing International Lists, which enable high-performing individuals to officiate at FIFA-sanctioned international matches and to display the FIFA badge on their shirts.

Johnson has featured on the list since 2012, while Lindey has been part of the selection since 2015.

“Congratulations for acceding again to the list of international referees,” said Dion Inniss, GFF Executive Committee member and Head of Refereeing.

“My hope is that, this year, we can have more tournaments, whether locally or regionally, so persons can be exposed to showcase their skills. I can easily think of at least four other persons who are knocking on the door and can be out there representing us at the highest level.”

Assistant Referee Kleon Lindey (centre) receives his FIFA badge

Long-serving female FIFA referee Maurees Skeete did not make the list this year, largely due to the impact of injuries and ongoing work commitments, Inniss said.

“On behalf of the GFF and the entire football fraternity, I would like to thank her for her service to football over the years,” Inniss said.

“She has indicated to me that she would want to continue in another area of refereeing, possibly as an instructor, and that is very good news – for her to be a mentor to other girls that are coming through.”

GFF President Wayne Forde commended Johnson and Lindey for representing the Golden Arrowhead and the federation at the highest level of their profession.

“I know you gentlemen would have earned your place as seasoned, tried and tested professionals,” Forde said. “You carry quite a burden of responsibility when you step out on the international arena. You represent the national association and we want to assure you of our continued support, and wish you every success in 2022.”

Referee Sherwin Johnson (centre) receives his FIFA badge

The GFF also recognised the achievements of four match officials for their consistent levels of excellence during the GFF-Kashif and Shanghai (K&S) Super 16 Cup, the GFF-Guyana National Women’s Football Assocation Women’s Super 16 Festival and the GFF-K&S Futsal Championship, which took place over the year-end holiday season.

“These referees were very outstanding during the tournaments that we had,” Inniss said. “I am truly proud of your on-field performances. You were always available and ready to go, so not only outstanding but very reliable and committed to the cause.”

Kenisha Prescott, Andre Foster, Colin Abel and Mian McPherson featured on the list of honoured GFF referees for 2021.

“You are a credit to yourselves and to the fraternity in that, despite of the inactivity we have had over an extended period due to the pandemic, you were able to come forward and deliver very credible performances,” Forde said.

The FIFA referees list is updated every year with approved and qualified referees and assistant referees from all over the world on the basis of nominations from national federations.

The nominees are reviewed by the FIFA Referees Committee, chaired by 2002 FIFA World Cup Final referee, Pierluigi Collina. (GFF)

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