Three Guyanese Game Officers make the 2021 FIFA International List
Kaieteur News – Sherwin Johnson, Maurees Skeete and Kleon Lindey were re-selected to represent Guyana on the prestigious FIFA International Award Lists, enabling the Guyanese trio to wear the FIFA badge and officiate at international matches in 2021.
FIFA lists are updated annually with approved and qualified referees and assistant referees from around the world, based on nominations from national federations reviewed by the FIFA Adjudicators Committee, chaired by the FIFA World Cup Final referee 2002, Pierluigi Collina.
“The GFF is delighted to re-nominate our three games officers to the FIFA 2021 referee list,” said GFF Executive Committee and Head of Adjudication – and former FIFA games officer – Dion Inniss. “Because of the pandemic, they were not given any opportunities to administer even at a local level, much less the international level. We know how upsetting this was for them – they couldn’t showcase their talent. We wish them all the best as soon as we are allowed to return to play in 2021, and we know that they will go out to represent Guyana proudly on the field. ”
Referees Johnson and Skeete have been part of the FIFA roster since 2012 and 2014 respectively, while assistant referee Lindey has appeared in the selection since 2015. Guyana Defense Force Staff Sergeant Skeete has been nominated for Concacaf’s female referee of the year on two occasions.
“I am delighted to have been re-nominated to the FIFA 2021 list,” said Johnson. “With hard work and determination comes success but I feel as though this one was given to me too easily because of a bit of football played because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but I remain eager to return to play so that I can once again showcase my talent with the Golden Arrowhead flying high. I want to thank God for his continued protection and my family for their endless support. ”