LEADING Namibian referees Jackson Pavaza, Nehemiah Shovaleka and Jonas Shongedi retained their spots on the International Football Referees list, with a further five assistants and four female match officials also making Fifa’s roster for 2019.
The Namibia Football Association (NFA) recommended 14 match officials to be considered by Fifa to officiate official international matches as part of the 2019 referees’ panel, with two failing to make the cut.
Renowned award-winning referee Pavaza retains his spot in the 2019 Fifa referees panel, together with rising official and former footballer Shovaleka, and seasoned Shongedi also considered.
The NFA submitted six candidates for the assistant referees list, five of whom Fifa approved. They are the tried and tested Mathew Kanyanga, Sem Singeve, Isaskar Boois and newcomers Alex Lumponjani and Matheus Nevonga.
Up for consideration for international women’s football placement in 2019 are again Vistoria Shangula and Astino Twanyakukwa as referees, with Olivia Amukuu and Paulina Joel the assistants who made the list.
Referees nominated to the Fifa international referees list must pass fitness tests consisting of a series of 40-metre sprints, and an interval test consisting of 75-metre sprints and 2x 12,5-metre recovery walks.
Assistant referees nominated to the list must pass fitness tests consisting of a CODA drill, a series of 30-metre sprints and an interval test consisting of 75-metre sprints and 2x 12,5-metre recovery walks.
Members of the women’s list are only allowed to work men’s international matches if they have completed the men’s fitness tests.
A referee must be at least 25 years old on 1 January to be eligible for international referee listing nomination in that calendar year. An assistant referee is eligible at the age of 23 years. – nfa.org.na