One in all Guyana’s most extremely revered referees Sherwin Johnson has introduced his retirement after 13 years on the sphere.
Johnson known as time on his top-level profession having officiated in matches throughout the Caribbean Soccer Union (CFU), Concacaf, and FIFA.
The FIFA-accredited official refereed his closing match on January 1st on the Leonora Observe & Subject Stadium, West Demerara, the Guyana Soccer Federation defined in a launch on Monday.
“Being a referee for 13 years was an honour. I genuinely loved these years and I officiated with satisfaction and dignity. Whilst I retire as a referee, I will likely be accessible to render my providers in any means doable which is able to support within the improvement of soccer in Guyana,” Johnson stated.
The 43-year-old has managed a complete of 285 matches, together with 228 regional and 57 worldwide video games between 2012 and 2022. He regards the Concacaf Caribbean Membership Protect match in 2019, the place he refereed two matches and was part of the officiating group within the finals, because the spotlight of his profession.
“I want to categorical my honest gratitude to President Wayne Forde and the Council of the Guyana Soccer Federation (GFF) and the Guyana Referees’ Council for affording me the chance to signify Guyana each regionally and internationally. I might additionally prefer to thank the secretariat workers for his or her assist throughout my tenure.”
GFF President Wayne Forde congratulated Johnson on his profession and thanked him for the numerous position he has performed within the professionalisation of refereeing in Guyana during the last 13 years.
“Mr. Johnson served his fraternity with a measure of dignity and professionalism that I’ve come to really admire. He represented the GFF with distinction in his worldwide duties as a FIFA match official and has consequently paved the best way for these which might be prepared to observe his instance of laborious work, self-discipline, and sacrifice. On behalf of our soccer fraternity, I want him each success in his future endeavours.”
In an invited remark, GFF Council Member and Former FIFA Assistant Referee Dion Inniss stated Johnson exemplified dignity and professionalism always on the pitch.
“Because of Sherwin for the contribution he has made not solely to officiating in Guyana, the Caribbean, and the hemisphere for the final 13 years however to soccer basically. Many occasions referees should not given the required phrases of kudos for the sacrifices they make for the sport as foot troopers of soccer. He has achieved a yeoman service to the sport through the years.”
Johnson formally retired on January 2.