After eight years, the Liberia Football Association (LFA) and the Committee of football’s world governing body (FIFA) have approved a Liberian female referrer as center FIFA batch for 2019.
Saylvina Walma Carnett will take on the center for 2019 in the local legend and international games as a lone female from Liberia to join other assistant referees from Africa.Saylvina has been refereeing in the local leagues.
Speaking to the NewDawn, the Secretary General of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) Mr. Isaac Montgomery said this is a new beginning for Liberian female referees.He says the list is open to females and they need to stand up for the game.
According to Montgomery, the problem most referees have is fitness and most of them don’t want to do more training.Mr. Montgomery calls on young referees to put time into training, saying Saylvina has a great task ahead and she needs to stand up and show other young females the way.
Names of referees and assistant soccer referees approved by the FIFA Referee Committee for 2019 including Montgomery, Jerry S.Yekah, George S. Rogers, Jr., and Hassan Corneh.The LFA release names the Assistant Referees as Johnson Gbartea, Abraham Boye Fahnbulleh, Sekou S. Kanneh,Jr., and Joel Wanka Doe.
Joel Wanka Doe has replaced Elijah Johnson on the 2019 list for Liberia.Mr. Johnson will now play in the local legend as formal international assistant referee.
By Sally Gaye–Edited by Winston W. Parley