January 11, 2021 at 4:00 am #104
JAMAICAN Assistant Referee Nicholas Anderson’s historic appointment to officiate at the Fifa World Club Championships, set to get under way in Qatar on February 1, has been hailed by Victor Stewart, head of refereeing at Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), who adds that Anderson is carrying on a proud tradition of “top match officials” from the island.
Anderson is the first Jamaican match official to be appointed to the World Club Championships that will be held February 1-11 and will be the 17th instalment of the Fifa-organised international club tournament between the winners of the six continental confederations, as well as the host nation’s league champions.
“To have Nicholas Anderson appointed to the Fifa World Club Championship in Qatar in February is a significant achievement for us,” Stewart told the Jamaica Observer yesterday. “This is the first time we are having a referee going to that competition. We have had referees in Continental Cups and World Cups and Nicholas also officiated in the Fifa Under-17 World Cup in Brazil in 2019, so this is another big, big achievement for him.”
Anderson and Referee Daneon Parchment officiated in the recent Concacaf Champions League in Orlando, Florida, and Stewart said they did so well that they were appointed for the final as backup officials.
A delighted Anderson told the Observer he was happy with the appointment. “It’s really a great feeling, and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity. Jamaican referees have the quality to do well on the international stage, we just need excellent training and performance consistently.”
Stewart said the appointment bodes well for football officials from Jamaica. “We are very happy for him, elated and proud of him, and we want to use these examples as a means of marketing refereeing in Jamaica. We are aware of the fact that the general public has a negative opinion of referees, and the way football is played in Jamaica is totally different from how football is played globally.”
Anderson, he said, was following the path that was set by those before and that as a small island nation with a small population, Jamaica had performed above expectations.
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