What better recognition than that of his peers. At 32, the Quimpérois Najib Chajiddine has just been named the best Pro B referee by the High Level officials. A perfectly legitimate reward, when you know the stubbornness and professionalism of the Breton: “I think it was last January that I turned a corner. After the 3X3 European Cup final in Paris in September, I didn’t cut back to continue with the Pro B season on the 5X5. And, honestly, I feel good, confident, ”he rewinds.
“To whistle the final of the Leader’s Cup was like a recognition, adds the one who is inspired by his elders, Abdel Hamzaoui and Eddie Viator. When I go on the field, my shirt is a kind of armour. I try to stay calm and not overdo it. The referee is a facilitator of the game, someone whose name should not be remembered after a match. »
This philosophy in the attitude was as much due to his benevolent nature as to his hard work, developed when he was a resident of the Pôle Espoir Arbitrage in Saint-Brieuc: “The manager, Patrick Taffin, repeated to us at the I want a good referee to be a referee you can’t see. Then there is the nature of each. But, in the end, Patrick has done a hell of a job when you see the level becoming of Breton referees, “says Najib Chajiddine, whose accession to the Elite (ex-Pro A) will be formalized shortly, confirming the Breton locomotive that he represents for Jordan Wallet, Mathieu Thierry and other Hugo Journoud and Loïg Poullélaouen.
A great opportunity, too, in the perspective of Paris 2024: “I don’t just want to take part in it, I especially want to perform there”.