Referees ● Aug 31, 2018

Singaporean Rohaidah to officiate at 2018 Asian Games Women’s Football Final

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Singaporean Assistant Referee Rohaidah Nasir at the 2018 Asian Games (Photo courtesy of Rohaidah)

SINGAPORE 31 AUG 2018 – There will be a Singaporean flying the flag high at the 2018 Asian Games football tournament this Friday when Japan take on China in the women’s final.

FIFA Assistant Referee (AR) Rohaidah Nasir has been appointed as AR1 for the gold-medal match at Gelora Sriwijaya Stadium in Palembang, Indonesia – a role she described as a “reward”.

The 35-year-old has already been involved in four matches at this year’s Asiad – AR1 in the opening match between Korea Republic and Chinese Taipei on 16 August, AR2 for Hong Kong and DPR Korea on  20 August, AR1 for DPR Korea against China on 22 August and the semi-final between Korea Republic and China on 28 August.

“I am ecstatic at this appointment!’ she told the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) website. “This is my first ever Asian Games in my refereeing career and my aim was to work very hard to perform to perfection.

“The experience has been great and I’ve already met the big teams, which have players who play in Europe. The actual playing time for the semi-final was 62 minutes, which was above the average of overall playing time in Asia for both men and women’s matches.”

Rohaidah (second row from front, left-most) at the 2018 Asian Games (Photo courtesy of Rohaidah)

Rohaidah ranks officiating at the Asian Games in the top three tournaments she has been involved after the Asian Cup in April this year in Jordan and the East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) Cup in Tokyo last year.

“Even though the Asian Games is not directly organised by AFC (Asian Football Confederation), it still involves big teams that have played at the Asian Cup and also the World Cup,” she said. “So to me, to be a part of the semi-finals and now the final, is a big deal.”

Currently a touch football coach, Rohaidah took up refereeing in 2004 as she wanted to learn more about football. Along the way, she believes the journey has made an impact in her life “in terms of commitment, discipline and being strong and firm”, in addition to building up her courage.

“Then, it became a passion as the years go by, as I officiated at higher and higher levels,” she added. “Through refereeing, I get to watch good football. That’s been my aim – to officiate at the highest levels so I can also get to watch how these top teams play.”

Rohaidah has also officiated at men’s matches, having had a stint in the then-S.League from 2008 to 2011, as she previously regaled in an interview last year.

There is still a long way to go in Rohaidah’s mind and experiences like these Asian Games has only served to whet her appetite.

“If you achieve being appointed to officiate at finals, you get a medal for that hard work and it’s a good feeling, like winning (something),” she said.

“And I hope to achieve this at FIFA World Cup level one day. I still have years to go and I hope this is one of my stepping stones to get there!”

The final between 2010 champions Japan and China, who are seeking their fourth crown after triumphing in 1990, 1994 and 1998, will kick off at 7.30pm Singapore time.

We wish Rohaidah all the best!