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NC soccer referee to receive prestigious award

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The award conferred on Phiri is a testament to his hard work, dedication, and sheer determination. His achievements serve as an inspiration to many, particularly the youth of Postmasburg, where he is regarded as an ambassador for the sport.

In a historic moment for the province, Romario Clarence Phiri has become the first referee to receive a distinguished award, marking a significant milestone in his already impressive career. Picture: Supplied

THE PRIDE of Postmasburg, Romario Clarence Phiri, recently achieved a significant milestone in his already impressive career by becoming the first referee in the province to receive a distinguished award.

Phiri, an assistant referee who officiates in both the DStv Premiership and the Motsepe Foundation Championship on the National Panel, has been lauded for his exceptional contributions to soccer.

Phiri’s journey in refereeing began in 2012, while he was still in high school. Initially a talented soccer player, he represented the province at the Under-21 level. However, after some convincing, he decided to join the refereeing fraternity, setting the stage for what would become a remarkable career.

His dedication and talent quickly became evident as he attended national tournaments across the country. His consistent performance earned him a promotion to the National Panel in the 2018-19 season.

Since then, Phiri has been diligently working behind the scenes, steadily building his reputation. His efforts were finally rewarded this past season when he consistently excelled at the national level, officiating in both the DStv Premiership and the Motsepe Foundation Championship.

The highlight of his career thus far was his appointment to officiate the Nedbank Cup final, where he delivered an outstanding performance.

The award conferred on Phiri is a testament to his hard work, dedication, and sheer determination. His achievements serve as an inspiration to many, particularly the youth of Postmasburg, where he is regarded as an ambassador for the sport.

The Tsantsabane Local Football Association has expressed their congratulations and best wishes to Phiri, acknowledging his remarkable achievement.

“To be the best of approximately 40 to 60 assistant referees at the national level is no mean feat,” the association stated.

It’s clear that Phiri’s journey from a promising young player to a celebrated referee underscores his passion for the sport and his commitment to excellence.

Phiri’s success story not only highlights his personal achievements but also shines a spotlight on the potential for young referees in the province, encouraging them to pursue their dreams with the same dedication and perseverance.

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