Soccer News of Sunday, 12 January 2014
The Ghana Football Association has presented 22 referees and assistants with their FIFA badges.
Seven male FIFA referees were given their badges while seven assistant male referees also received the approval from the world governing body.
Daniel Nii Ayi and Prosper Adii are the new names on the list of international match referees while Eric Nanatiere is the only new FIFA assistant referee. They received their FIFA badges from acting GFA President, George Afriyie during a presentation ceremony in Accra on Friday.
Four female FIFA referees and four assistants also received the approval from the world governing body.
Joyce Obenewaa Appiah was the only new women's FIFA referee while Theresa Akongyam and Millicent Kanor are assistant referees.
"Refereeing in Ghana has come under a lot of scrutiny. I would want to use the opportunity to caution our elite referees to lead by example for the younger ones to follow," Afriyie told the referees at the ceremony in Accra as he encouraged them to work hard to gain recognition at the international level.
"The CHAN tournament is starting in South Africa tomorrow and Ghana can boast of only one referee.
"You can use your performances on the local scene to catapult yourselves to international prominence for more Ghanaian referees to be recognized at the high level.
"We must improve on our performances to get among the best referees in Africa and the world, and I am confident with this crop of referees you can deliver."
Chairman of the Referees Committee of the GFA Randy Abbey was delighted that more young referees are getting their FIFA badges.
He stressed that the recent appraisal of the work of referees in the country by the GFA has brought the best out of the referees in the country.