The 27 year old PNGFA /FIFA referee David Yereboinen has targeted a FIFA appointment and believes officiating at the 2018 OFC Champions League is a major step towards achieving his goal.
Yereboinen’s passion for refereeing was initially ignited when he saw his fellow PNGFA referee David Charles attended a FIFA U17 men’s World Cup in Mexico in 2011.
From there his interest in refereeing was piqued until eventually he signed up to take part in a refereeing Course in 2012.
“I worked with Air Niugini as a ground staff but after officiating in few matches I saw the opportunities that were presented to me as a referee and I made up my mind to pursue my career as a referee.”
“Pursuing a career as a referee is a challenging one as one has to be fit and prepared to adapt to the fast changing game,” said Yareboinen.
Yereboinen got his first OFC appointment last year for the OFC Champions League Qualifying tournament in Tonga.
“Officiating my first match wasn’t an easy task for me,” Yereboinen reveals. “The experience I had was slightly different from the others.
“But I managed to overcome the difficulties of the job and focus on what I needed to do to improve and be a better referee.”
“This is my fourth time in officiating at an Oceania tournament and in this tournament I’ve learnt a lot especially officiating alongside the two OFC best referees from Tahiti, Norbert Hauata and Kader Zitouni.”