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First time ref makes impression

The 16 year old moved to Rarotonga in January from Mauke to attend Rarotonga’s national college, Tereora College and is in Year 11. Makitae was involved in refereeing on Mauke with several sporting codes like touch rugby and so forth.
Makitae’s motivation to take on officiating in football was introduced to him by a close friend who has also taken on the role of refereeing too. Both new bees are now assistant referees in the local competition.
“It was just going to be a hobby refereeing in football but after the first two matches I enjoyed the role of refereeing,” says Makitae.
“It’s a lot of hard work with training, knowing the rules of the game and applying it on the field however with the support I have received from fellow referees I am confident in what I enjoy to do,” he says.
With colleague Lloyd Murare, both are at their scheduled matches an hour early with their gears they scored from the referee’s workshop earlier in the year and is always keen to get the ball rolling.
Home grown referees Michael Mouauri former FIFA Referee and Robert Savage, Referee Instructor are inspirational football referees Makitae looks up to. It has been in their nature to support, give advice and train Makitae throughout the round cup competition where Makitae has improved substantially since then.
Like Mouauri and Savage, the youngster is pursing to move from officiating as an assistant referee to ‘policing’ in the middle of the pitch come 2013 Rarotonga Football Season.
“I see myself doing well here in our local derby and to officiate at any Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) tournaments and possibly in a FIFA tournament as well”.
In the meantime Makitae is encouraging the youth in the community to take on the task to officiate in the game of football, the benefits you reap is great and he has seen in his first year as a football official.
“There is a future in football especially as a referee or assistant referee. You have to work hard and apply what you have learnt on the field of play and you will reap the benefits once you have achieved your goal,” he says.
“I would like to express my gratitude to RDO Lai Gukisuva for the drive and support, football is a world-wide game and number one played sport so why not ride on band wagon, as we say here in Rarotonga, Football is the Beautiful Game,” concluded Makitae.
CIFA’s Referee Development Officer Lai Gukisuva is impressed at the youngster’s commitment and drive in his performance during any of Makitae’s scheduled matches.
“Its devotion like Makitaes that we seek in people who are new to refereeing football,” says Gukisuva.
“We encourage more youngsters to take Makitae’s enthusiasm and give refereeing a go for the 2013 football season,”.