Three Guyanese games officials receive FIFA badges for 2021
Kaieteur News – Sherwin Johnson, Maurees Skeete and Kleon Lindey are now ready to officiate this year’s international matches, after Guyana’s top three match officials received their FIFA badges at a ceremony at the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) last Friday.
All three officers received their badges from GFF President Wayne Forde alongside GFF Executive Committee member and Acting Head of Adjudication Dion Inniss.
“I want to commend these three match officials who have been placed on the FIFA list,” said Forde. “They are a credit to Guyana football and to all of Guyana. We know they are going to go out, do especially well and make all Guyana proud. ”
Referees Johnson and Skeete and assistant referee Lindey were reappointed to the FIFA international referee list in December, giving them the right to wear the stylish FIFA badge and be in charge of international matches in 2021.
“Last year we all knew it was a very difficult year, but I stayed positive and continued to train.
It is the fact that I am in the army – I am a staff sergeant – that has kept me focused and motivated and strong to keep pushing forward, ”said Skeete. “I’m excited to get back on the field – to go out there and show my talents and to make Guyana, myself and my organization proud.”
Johnson and Skeete, double nominee for Concacaf’s female referee of the year, have been part of the FIFA roster since 2012 and 2014 respectively, while Lindey has since appeared in the selection
“I’m looking to reach the highest point possible,” said Lindey, who last patrolled the touchline at the Concacaf Under 20 Championship qualifying games in February 2020. “It’s very challenging at the moment, but I’m keeping my body fit because fitness is one of the key elements in refereeing. ”
Johnson, who administered the final of the GFF Bounce Back Classic tournament at the turn of the year, said he couldn’t wait “to go back to the field to referee and represent Guyana.”
Last year, the GFF launched a referee recruitment campaign – “Get Involved” – to encourage more young people to train to become match officials.
“For the game to evolve and develop as we want it to be, the importance of high class administration cannot be overstated,” said Inniss. “We are on a path of an upward trajectory. We have a plan in place to put award back where it deserves to be. ”
“The systems put in place for training and development have increased fourfold. I would invite any girl and young boy from across Guyana to show an interest in administration. We look forward to seeing our match officials at a World Cup or Olympic game one day. ”