September 04, 2016
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Varman to control BOG final

24-year-old Neeshil Varman will control the grand finale of the 2016 INKK Mobile Battle Of Giants between Labasa and Lautoka at Nausori’s Ratu Cakobau Park today.

The final year MBBS student of the University of Fiji in doing so will also become the youngest referee to officiate a major tournament final in the country.

Fiji FA Referees Director Rakesh Varman told FijiLive the appointment was made based on the consistency of referees in the tournament and he has full faith and confidence in Nisheel.

“We are focusing a lot on development of referees. We want young referees to receive all the exposure at the highest level. This will be a big moment for Nisheel as he is only 24. We want to mould him and other young referees well so they can represent Fiji at FIFA stage from a young age.”

“The FIFA entry requirement age is 25 and if our referees get big games on local scene by the age of 24, then surely by the time they hit 25, they will be ready and confident enough to get the FIFA badge. By doing so, they will have more experience and exposure and will be ready to officiate in bigger overseas tournaments.”

“We want to prepare our referees for World Cups and I can say we are on the right track in terms of development,” said Varman.

Neeshil will be assisted by FIFA badge holder Ujwal Mudaliar and Veer Singh on the lines while Rakesh Chandra will be the reserve referee.

The grand finale between the Babasiga Lions and the Blues kicks off at 3pm.

By Reginald Chandar

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