Ghanaian referees have been left out of selected match officials for the journey to the 2014 FIFA World Cup billed for Brazil.Twenty-one match officials comprising seven referees plus 14 assistants have been penciled in the continent’s prospective list put together by the world football governing body, FIFA.The news will come as bitter pill for Ghanaian ‘knights of the whistle’ after being overlooked for the Africa Cup of Nations, where only assistants Abdul Salif Malik and David Laryea made the cut.GNA Sports can confirm that Tunisia and Senegal have a set each (a referee and two assistants), with the rest emerging from Gambia, Cote d’Ivoire, Algeria, Morocco, Burundi, Rwanda, Eritrea, Nigeria and South Africa.The list is dominated by match officials who participated at the recent Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa including controversial Tunisian Slim Jedidi, whose performance in the Ghana – Burkina Faso semi final match headlined the lowest moment of the tournament.There is also a surprise place for South African Daniel Bennett, who came under scrutiny for his interpretations of the rules during the Togo-Tunisia Group D clash at the same tournament. Algerian Haimoudi Djamel, decorated as the best referee on the continent by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) last year also made the cut; so are Ivorian Doue Noumandiez, Diatta Badara of Senegal, Cameroonian Alioum Neant and Papa Bakary Gassama of Gambia.According to FIFA, the prospective match officials will take part in a seminar from 27-30 April in Casablanca, Morocco as part of the process to trim the list.The seminar will focus on areas including protecting players and the image of the game, fair play, guarantee of decisional consistency and uniformity, reading the game (technical/tactical approach) and understanding different football mentalities (knowledge of teams).
11 Mar 2014 Eason claims his sixth victory on collegiate circuit Greg Eason, an England squad member, claimed his sixth collegiate victory for the University of Central Florida when he won the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational at Sawgrass County Club in Florida. The 21 year old from Leicester carded three sub-par rounds, opening with 71 before taking command with a seven-under-par 65 and closing with 69 for an 11-under-par 205. This left him three strokes ahead of runner-up, Sam Love. This win comes in the wake of his success in the prestigious South Beach International Amateur in December, while Eason had become the first player in his universities history to win an individual NCAA regional title. He now climbs to fourth place on the World Amateur Golf Ranking, two places behind Yorkshire’s Matthew Fitzpatrick, the US Amateur champion. Eason (image copyright Tom ward Photography), who is in the final year of his golf scholarship at the University of Central Florida, also finished third a few days earlier in the Gator Invitational at Gainesville. His second round 65, which included an eagle and seven birdies, was the lowest round of the tournament and Eason was one of only two golfers in the field to card three sub-par scores. Overall he had two eagles and 16 birdies.