FIJIAN football referee Avinesh Narayan has been working hard to fulfil his dream of officiating at a FIFA World Cup in future.

Narayan, 36, is one of the top assistant referees in Fiji.

He is officiating at the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu.

“I get a lot of opportunities since we have only two FIFA referees —— me and Salesh Chand —— and we have a number of appointments,” he said.

“Fiji Football Association has been very supportive and it helps me get better in my football career.

“I officiated during the Vanuatu vs Estonia match and it was a good experience. I hope to reach the FIFA World Cup.”

Narayan, who is from Ba, said refereeing was a challenging career where the referees are subjected to criticism.

“The performance is very important to get to a higher place. I left work because of refereeing. I resigned to concentrate on refereeing,” he said.

“Some days we have to leave our families behind and go to another country where you spend about 20 days and it is not easy for anyone to leave your family behind.

“If you want to be a good referee, you have to sacrifice a lot. I got so many help from the referees’ director Rakesh Varman and Fiji FA is also helping me.”

Story and photo by Fiji Times