Best referee Pavaza aims high

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After winning the 2016 Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) Referee of the Year award last week, FIFA referee Jackson Pavaza says he will continue to work hard to improve his game and calls on the local game to get going as soon as possible.

Pavaza was accorded the 2016 Referee for the year award at the Namibia Sport Awards ceremony held in Windhoek on Friday and promises to work ever harder to realize his dream of officiating at the African Cup of Nations or the World Cup in years to come.

“I have always done my best on the pitch and for me to have this award drives me to deliver more and do what I love. It is something special for me and I will always cherish this for years to come. I dream of being at bigger tournaments like the AFCON or the World Cup and I keep my dream alive and I know it means hard work and more games to be assessed and recommended”, Pavaza says.

He however adds that the dormant local football was a setback for his career as he needs to do well at home before getting those international appointments.
“CAF and FIFA considers how active you are locally and with our league infinitely off, one cannot say. I can only hope and pray that we get the ball rolling soon so that we are still considered to share our knowledge of the game abroad and learn more to improve the game as home as well”.

Pavaza also revealed that local referees have been summoned by the NFA to attend a FIFA Member Association (MA) Referees course next week and he was looking forward to it.

“It will be good for us to come together again as we start with a fitness test on Sunday in Windhoek and then from Monday we attend classes up to Friday, to update our knowledge and see how far we have come and can go”.

For his accolade, the Otjiwarongo-based Pavaza thanks renowned match international commissioner and NFA Honorary President John Muinjo, the Governor of Otjozondjupa Otto Iipinge, Prof Tjiveze, the NPL, NFA and family and friends.