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Fijian match officials off to American Samoa

Three match officials are in American Samoa and will officiate at the Preliminary round qualifying stage of the OFC Champions League competition.
Veer Singh who is a qualified OFC Referee, Avinesh Narayan is a FIFA Assistant Referee while Ashwin Raj OFC Assistant Referee will represent Fiji at the competition in Pago Pago.
Fiji FA Referees Director Rakesh Varman says the three have been doing well locally and should be able to do well at the regional meet.
“Well they have performed up to par in the local competition but they will go through the real test now. The three are very reliable officials but OFC is a very different stage and they will get to experience that now.”
Varman adds that referees now need to follow a track to gain FIFA accreditation.
“They have to perform well locally and then they are given OFC appointments. After a year with OFC then they can get accreditation with FIFA. This is very good and we are lining up some other referees to be sent to OFC events.”
The week long competition begins this Saturday and runs till the following Friday.

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