The former football player and local match official was one of the fortunate individuals to be recognised as a FIFA referee after successfully passing all the required FIFA tests last year to be included in the 2013 FIFA Referee’s List.
The presentation of his FIFA badge with fellow referees and assistant referees last month has opened the door to more opportunities for Maru to experience and improve on his duties as a referee of the world game.
Maru will be officiating for the first time abroad in the OFC tournament which is set to take place in Fiji from the 21-29 March.
He has been officiating matches in the Telikom National Soccer League in Port Moresby as part of his preparation for the big event.
While he has never before been abroad it has always been a dream of his to one day be recognised for his football skills. It is a dream that will now come into fruition, though perhaps not in the way he originally imagined, when he takes part in the OFC event, in which Papua New Guinea’s U-20 team will be participating.
He will be working alongside three other officials from New Zealand and Vanuatu for the duration of the championship.