Pavaza excited about VAR system


Namibia’s only referee at the ongoing 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) finals Jackson Pavaza is excited about the use of the Video Assistant Referees (VAR) system that will kick in from the quarterfinals stage of the championship in Morocco.

Pavaza is part of the match officials at the 2018 CHAN finals and is based in Casablanca for the opening round, Group stage where Sudan, Guinea, Mauritania and host Morocco contested Group A which have Morocco and Sudan at the top on six points each from two games and will be decided on Sunday night as to who takes top spot and remain in Casablanca for the quarterfinals, where either Zambia or Namibia will be an opponent.

Namibia’s 2017 Sports Referee of the Year, Pavaza describes his experience of the championship as riveting.

“ The city is great and the tournament organization is excellent. So far we have done a good job and we will keep on improving as we contribute to the growth of our football through better officiating” Pavaza explains.

The man from Otjiwarongo also adds that the Video Assistant Referees (VAR) system to be introduced from the quarterfinals will come in handy to make sure the best team always wins.

“Football is about fair play and the training with the VAR is interesting indeed. We are learning more and it’s good to have a feel of it because it’s the way for FIFA and for the game. It will help the referees to always make the right call and eliminate mistakes and that will strengthen the integrity of the game”, Pavaza says.

Pavaza will be the main referee in the final Group A game between Mauritania and Guinea on Sunday night in Marrakech.

In Group B, Namibia and Zambia are each on six points from two games and faceoff in the final group B game on Monday night at the Mohammed V Stadium in Casablanca, 21h00, to decide who finish on top.