Australian Matthew Breeze, Malaysian Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (picture), Saudi Arabia’s Khalil Al Ghamdi and Japan’s Yuichi Nishimura and Ravshan Irmatov, of Uzbekistan are all candidates for the South African finals.
The official AFC website said that FIFA has yet to confirm how many referees and their teams of assistant referees will represent AFC at the World Cup finals.
A total of 25 elite referees representing the best match officials in Asia will be in Kuala Lumpur for the August 2-6 course, conducted by Leslie Irvine, of Northern Ireland, and Singapore’s Shamsul Maidin.
AFC is this celebrating Asian Referees Year in 2009 during which referees in the continent are give recognition for their services to football.
September 1 is also designated Asian Referees Day.