Retired FIFA referee, Silas Okine has hinted that, the Referees Association of Ghana (RAG) misled the Normalization Committee of the Ghana Football Association by sending a list of unqualified referees to FIFA.
According to the Former Referee on Asempa FM, RAG is just a welfare body and does not have any right to appoint referees.
‘FIFA doesn’t know RAG, the referees manager in consultation with the referees committee are supposed to do appointment but the Normalization Committee are ignorant of this, so RAG misled them by imposing that list on them (Normalization Committee); and because of their ignorance, they too forwarded the list to FIFA.’ He explained.
To become a FIFA referee, you have to officiate in your topflight league (Premier League) and also pass a fitness test but Silas Okine says the referees whose names have been sent to FIFA in the likes of Kadri Abdul Latif, Sefa Benjamin Kwame, George Mawuli who are all centre referees are not wealthy with regards to this criteria.
A list of referees has been submitted to FIFA by the Ghana FA for nomination but Silas Okine has petitioned the Ghana FA over the nomination of the referees for the 2019 FIFA International Refereeing list.