The Vincentian trio of Moeth Gaymes, Denroy Barker and Kenran Daniel, have been retained on the FIFA International Referring list for 2021.
They were among the list of match officials recently released by FIFA.
Gaymes, arguably the country’s best referee, remains the lone FIFA International Referee among the three. He has been on the list since 2014.
Like Gaymes, Barker, an Assistant Referee, first got on to the list in 2014. He is a former St Vincent and the Grenadines senior team goal keeper.
Daniel, who is also a Level One Track and Field Coach, is on the list again as an Assistant Referee.
With limited regional football competitions in 2020, the trio’s officiating was restricted mainly to the National Club Championships hosted by the St Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation.
Elron Lewis, President of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Football Referees Association (SVGFRA), told the VINCENTIAN that it is his organisation’s aim to have more match officials on the list.
“We had earmarked six officials who we were planning to use in the CONCACAF Under-17 Men’s Qualifiers here this month, to give them some exposure, with the hope of later getting them on the FIFA list. But that tournament was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic (and) things have been pushed back,” Lewis informed.
He noted that the SVGFRA has been engaging in ongoing training for its members with a view to keep them on top of their craft.
Lewis also made an interesting revelation i.e. that apart from the referees’ knowledge of football (rules, etc.) and their fitness, FIFA has put a heavy weighting on their language competence.
“One of the major areas FIFA is looking at for Referees is their communication skills, both written and oral, and having a good command of the English Language helps,” Lewis declared.
Lewis is hopeful that the recent rise in the number of positive COVOD-19 cases here would be reduced significantly, so that the National Club Championships will resume and match officials could become active again.