FA approves match commissioners

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Three of the country’s top football match commissioners have been approved by the Antigua & Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) for a number of upcoming CONCACAF tournaments.

Minister of Sports, EP Chet Greene is amongst the three commissioners appointed to officiate in a number of tournaments to include the Under-20 World Cup Qualifiers and the CONCACAF Club Championships.

The other two approved officials are ABFA General Secretary, Gordon Derrick, and Vice President Gwen Salmon.

Football Association President Everton Gonsalves commended the three appointees, adding that their previous exploits would have guaranteed them their most recent appointments.

“I am particularly pleased that our three [commissioners] from the ABFA, one being the minister of sports, and the other two are currently working with the ABFA on a day to day basis, have been appointed. We are just happy that we are able to maintain high standards and so I am very happy that the three commissioners will be on show in these very exciting tournaments coming up,” he said.

Gonsalves, a former national player, further expressed confidence in the trio’s ability to do well during the upcoming tournaments.

“All three of them have been around football for quite some time, maybe the minister may not be as involved as he once was but once they brought the names before me to approve, I know what the minister can do and I am certainly aware of what Mr Derrick and Gwen Salmon are doing and I am sure it was a foregone conclusion that they would have been approved and they are going to do an excellent job,” he said.

The FA currently runs a vibrant match commissioner programme for its Premier Division matches for which interested individuals are encouraged to sign up.

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