Three Cayman Islands Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Referees formed the core of the team of Referees selected by FIFA to officiate in the Turks and Caicos Islands on February 6 in the island’s road to South Africa 2010 World Cup Qualifiers games played at the Providence Cialos National Stadium in Turks and Caicos recently.
They departed the island on Monday February 4 and returned on February 8.
President of the Cayman Islands Referee Association (CIRA) Alfredo Whittaker, the man appointed to be in the middle, was accompanied by FIFA Referee Kenville Holder who was appointed as fourth man, FIFA Assistant Referee Livingston Bailey and Paul Messam who joined the team from the Bahamas assisted Whittaker.
Alfredo Whittaker is one of the islands top Referees and was the former national goal keeper of the Cayman Islands National Football team.
Whittaker recently officiated in the two most recent international games played in Jamaica by the National team against Guatemala and El Salvador, the first two games marking the return of Captain Horace Burrell to the head of the Jamaica Football Federation in November last year.
Holder was recently appointed to FIFA Referee status last year after successfully completing several workshops and examinations. He was promoted to the FIFA level after his tenure as being a FIFA Assistant in the past.
Bailey is the 1st Vice president of CIRA and has been a well-known face in local football action here on the islands.
CIRA is currently conducting a Referees Workshop in an effort to attract more men and women to the profession. Football is one of the leading sports in the world at this time and more and persons are getting involved in refereeing.