FOUR Ilonggos were included in the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) 2018 Refereeing International List tasked to officiate various international football games.
Three of the Ilonggo FIFA referees are Kent Gobuyan, who started since 2012; Steve Supresencia who has been officiating since 2011; and Francis Engalgado.
Jhesa Mae Kaatz is one of the new FIFA lady referees.
According to Gobuyan, 2018 will open more opportunities to Ilonggos when it comes to the game of soccer.
“Now that we’re four from Iloilo who were qualified for the FIFA refereeing, we can expect good officiating and even possible staging of many international games and seminar courses,” he added.
Aside from Iloilo, three Negrenses were also included in the list – Giovanni Lachica, Linjun Talaver, and Emmanuel Elloso.
Talaver started officiating in 2016 and Elloso in 2014.
Other Filipino officials in the 2018 list are Clifford Daypuyat (since 2014), FIFA assistant referees Relly Balila (2015) and Krizmark Nañola (2017), FIFA Futsal referee Rey Ritaga (2006), and FIFA Women’s assistant referee Merlo Albano (2012).
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