In a historic development for Indian Refereeing, Woman Assistant Referee Uvena Fernandes was awarded the AFC Referees Special Award at a glittering function in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, November 20, 2016.
Uvena received the Award from Hani Balan, Deputy Chairman, AFC Referees Committee for her outstanding supervision the final of 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan.
She is the first Indian Assistant Referee to ever officiate in any FIFA World Cup.
Congratulating Uvena on her achievement, All India Football Federation President Praful Patel said she “makes us proud.”
“Congratulations to Uvena Fernandes on being conferred with the #AFC Referees Special Award in #Malaysia. She makes us proud,” Patel tweeted from his Official Twitter Account @praful_patel.
Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF mentioned that it was a “very special moment for refereeing in India.”
“I wish her all the best for the future and expect her to scale more glory and officiate in the Women’s World Cup in the near future,” he told AIFF Media. “She is a role model and has set the bench mark for refereeing in India.”
Gautam Kar, Director, Referees, AIFF, stated that her achievement will “inspire more girls to take up refereeing as a career.”
“Discipline stays the bed rock for success in every discipline. I have known her for the last ten years and she has always been so focussed and dedicated. I am extremely proud of her and wish her all the best for future endeavours,” he added.
(Report & Photo courtesy: AIFF Media)