Two Indian referees, Pratap Singh and Magho Singh have been honoured with the Asain Football Confederation's (AFC) Referees Memento Award, in Kuala Lumpur, for 'their endeavours to develop the game and the years of service to the sport'.
A total of 23 referees and assistant referees were felicitated in conjunction with the AFC Referee Assessors Seminar, on Thursday, 19th January. The eligibility criteria was that the recipients must have served at least five years on the AFC Elite Panel and participated in more than 30 matches.
“While we will miss them on the field, I hope that they will continue to share their knowledge and expertise to develop the younger referees," expressed AFC General Secretary Dato Windsor in his speech.
“As we celebrate their achievements, let us look to them for inspiration to build a better, brighter future for our Asian officials,” he further added.
Both Pratap and Magho are well-known faces for Indian football fans, having officiated a number of high-profile domestic fixtures over the years.