Touted as the next Diane Ferreira-James on the pitch, local referee Ms. Maurees Skeete has been afforded the distinguished
privilege of officiating at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship set for the cities of Kansas, Chicago, Washington DC and Philadelphia in the USA from next Wednesday.
Skeete, no stranger to officiating on the big stage also officiated at the CONCACAF Boys Under-15 championships in Cayman Islands in 2013 and as a result of her performance there was nominated for the FIFA 2014 list.
Ever since her raise to this level, Skeete has been climbing the ladder of success. She officiated at the inaugural CONCACAF Girls Under-15 championship in the Cayman Islands in August this year as well as the CFU Women’s Cup also in August in the Twin Island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago where her biggest game was the third place playoff.
As a result of her dedicated and consistent work, Skeete was rewarded with appointment at the CONCACAF Women’s Championship in the USA which will see the top three teams qualifying directly for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Competition will kick off next Wednesday with a doubleheader at Kansas City’s Sporting Park when Guatemala take on Haiti followed by the U.S.A against Trinidad and Tobago.
The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship features exciting talent and rivalries from the eight participating nations from North America (United States, Mexico), Central America (Guatemala, Costa Rica) and the Caribbean (Haiti, Martinique, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago).
Canada are not participating as the team have already qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup as tournament hosts.
Skeete in an invited comment stated: “This is a proud moment for me and I want to thank God for this opportunity.”
Kaieteur Sports understands that Skeet is the only Referee from the Caribbean that has been invited to officiate at this prestigious tournament, the premier for women in the confederation.
Meanwhile, Guyanese fans will have the opportunity of seeing Ms. Skeete in action as FOX Sports announced plans for its unprecedented coverage of the Championship. Never before have all 16 matches of this region’s most prestigious women’s soccer competition been televised, and this year each match, including the semi-finals and final, are being carried live on FOX Sports 1 or FOX Sports 2 and streamed live via FOX Soccer 2Go and FOX Sports GO.
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