Narayan wins again

It was a joyous moment for Avinesh Narayan during the Vodafone/Fiji FA Awards night last Friday as he scooped the Amalgamated Packaging Referee of the year for the second consecutive year.

Narayan says fitness is the key to success.

“It was really hard to get this award again this year as we have a lot of referees in Fiji doing their best.

“Fitness is the most important thing for referees to progress in refereeing career.

“I resigned from my work back in 2013 just to give my 100 per cent commitment towards refereeing and I have always tried to do my best in all the games,” Narayan said.

The Ba man, who recently became a victim of the severe flooding in the Western Division, said a lot of sacrifice was also needed.

“It sometimes becomes challenging as I have to sacrifice my family time especially when I get appointments from Oceania competitions.

“If we look after ourselves and be faithful while going out for trainings, I do not see any other factor that can stop you from doing your best.”

Narayan got his FIFA Referee’s badge in 2012.

“In 2012, I got my FIFA badge and until now I did not fail any fitness test.

“It is not easy to do referees training as sometimes you have to be even fitter than the players.”

He received his appointment to officiate at the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) semifinal between Team Wellington and Auckland City this Sunday.

“I went to the first stage in American Samoa and second stage in Tahiti.

“I did not get any appointment for quarter-final but now I have been called for the semi-final stage for the second time.”

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