Guyanese referee to officiate in CONCACAF U-17 playoff today
GUYANA’s Elite Referee, Kevin Stephens, will officiate in the CONCACAF U-17 Playoff between Mexico and the United States today, following a shortlisting of match officials after the quarter finals of the competition.Stephens is one of two referees from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) region who have advanced as a result of outstanding performance; the other is from Jamaica.Head of the Guyana Football Federation’s(GFF) Refereeing Department, Stanley Lancaster expressed his delight in this achievement for the young referee: “Kevin is a very diligent and disciplined person who has always demonstrated that he is a high-achiever. This international exposure will serve him well as well as that of the national referees’ programme. The investment made is paying dividends.”Stephens, who is a CONCACAF Tier-2 referee along with Gladwyn Johnson and Roy Mc Arthur, participated in the CONCACAF’s Group stage of the U-17 tournament from April 19, 2017,held in Panama City, Panama. Mc Arthur functioned in the capacity of Assessor-in-Training. During this time, they were continually assessed and based on performance, a shortlist was made.The U-17 Playoff determines the four teams which will represent CONCACAF in the FIFA U-17 World Cup scheduled for India between the 6th – 28th October, 2017.