NFA gets 12 on FIFA Referees List

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Namibia’s top referees Jackson Pavaza, Nehemiah Shovaleka and Jonas Shongedi retained their spots on the International Football Referees list with five assistant referees while four women match officials are also accepted by FIFA for 2019.

The Namibia Football Assoction (NFA) annually recommends names of match officials to be considered by FIFA for international acceptance to officiate official matches and for 2019 referees’ panel, 14 names were sent through.

Renowned award winning referee Jackson Pavaza retains his spot in the 2019 FIFA Referees Panel together with rising star and former footballer Nehemiah Shovaleka as well as seasoned Jonas Shongedi.

The NFA submitted six candidates for the assistant referees list and FIFA only approved five in the tried and tested Mathew Kanyanga, Sem Singeve, Isaskar Boois and newcomers Alex Lumponjani and Matheus Nevonga.

Up for consideration for international women football placement in 2019 are again Vistoria Shuungula 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-meter sprints and an interval test consisting of 75-meter sprints and 2x 12, 5-meter recovery walks. Assistant referees nominated to the list must pass fitness tests consisting of a CODA-drill, series of 30-meter sprints and an interval test consisting of 75-meter sprints and 2x 12, 5-meter recovery walk.

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 on that calendar year. An assistant referee is eligible at the age of 23 years.