JA ref for Digicel

Newly appointed FIFA referee Raymond Bogle, will be the man in the middle for the big match tomorrow night.

That’s when perennial champions Scholars International face off against the ever improving Elite in the final of the Cayman Islands Football Association Digicel Knock Out competition at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

This trip is in accordance with an exchange feferee programme instituted between Jamaica and the Cayman Islands three seasons ago.

Bogle, 37, is a past student of St Jago High School in Spanish Town, St Catherine and is presently employed as a records officer at the G C Foster College of Physical Education and Sports, the only sports college in the Caribbean.

Bogle, a member or the Jamaica Referees Association and the St Catherine Referees Group to a lesser extent, was trained by the first Jamaican to FIFA Assistant Referee to participate in a World Cup event, Owen Powell in 2004.

Bogle said he received his overall guidance and training from Chairman of the Referees Committee and Jamaica’s former FIFA World Cup referee Peter Prendergast who he said was a characteristic of how a referee should be on and off the field of play.

Bogle said: ‘Prendergast’s level of professionalism knowledge and expertise pertaining to refereeing is extraordinary. This in addition to additional knowledge acquired from my piers has taken me to the highest level, becoming a FIFA Referee.

‘This game in the Cayman Islands marks my first international duty as a FIFA referee overseas. This follows closely behind my first international game between Mexico and Jamaica last Tuesday. I promise to perform at the highest level in this game and continue on this trend for the rest of my career.’

This is my first visit to the Cayman Islands they are my neighbours and I am sure I will enjoy this trip. The invitation came at an opportune time and this makes me very proud.’