Alfredo’s in demand

Top Cayman match official Alfredo Whittaker refereed the friendly international between Jamaica and St Vincent and the Grenadines last week.

Jamaica won 5-1 at the National Stadium and could have won far heavier.

President of the Cayman Islands Football Association Jeffrey Webb said that he was overwhelmed with the level of officiating that Whittaker had reached as those games are not easy to control.

‘Certainly there has to be something that has impressed the persons making these decisions to have requested Alfredo again to do a friendly international in Jamaica,’ Webb said.

‘Whittaker has made our island proud both as a player and a FIFA referee. I respect him for the efforts he has made to have reached this level.’

He was assisted by Jamaican FIFA Assistants Garnett Page and Triston Tulloch while Kevin Morrison, a Jamaican as well, was the fourth official.

Whittaker said: ‘The reception I received from the football federation and the teams was great. This has convinced me that I am doing a good job. It was a very physical game. I kept it tight from the start and that’s how I kept it under control to the end of regulation time.’

Whittaker a former custodian of the Cayman Islands national team and Scholars Football Club, has been well recognized throughout the region. He officiated in the South Africa World Cup qualifying game between Turks and Caicos and St Lucia in St Lucia in February.

His return to Jamaica marks his fourth assignment on the island officiating in international friendlies since the return of football icon Captain Horace Burrell as President of Jamaica Football Federation Captain Horace Burrell.

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