AFC assistant refs eye World Cup Print
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Tuesday, 02 December 2008 13:09

KUALA LUMPUR: The race to be an assistant referee at the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa is down to 15 potential candidates following a Seminar in Singapore that ended on Sunday.

A fitness test was conducted at the Toa Payoh Stadium with 14 of the 15 assistant referees making the grade.

Only Australia’s Ben Wilson was unable to take the fitness test owing to an injury. His name stays on the list of 15 candidates and he will be required to take the test next year.

The 15 candidates, together with five AFC Elite referees also vying for World Cup slots, will soon be split into five teams of four officials. Each team comprises three assistant referees and one AFC Elite referee.

The teams will be appointed to take charge of AFC matches and FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.

The 15 Assistant Referees are:

Ben Wilson (Australia)
Matthew Cream (Australia)
Jason Power (Australia)
Mu Yuxin (China)
Toru Sagara (Japan)
Takahiro Okano (Japan)
Jeong Hae-sang (Korea Republic)
Bahadyr Kochkorov (Kyrgyzstan)
Mohammed Al Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia)
Yosef Rustom (Saudi Arabia)
Jeffrey Goh Gek Pheng (Singapore)
Hamdi Al Kadrie (Syria)
Thanom Borikut (Thailand)
Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan)
Rafael Ilyasov (Uzbekistan)

The five AFC Elite referees selected as candidates for WC 2010 are:

Khalil Ibrahim Al Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia)
Matthew Breez (Australia)
Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Mohd Salleh Subkhiddin (Malaysia)
Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)