As World Cup 2010 approaches, this week saw 2 trios from the OFC who were on the list to officiate the FIFA World Cup matches in South Africa successfully past their Physical Fitness Test in Malaysia.
Mr. Harry Atisson who is part of the group sent to Malaysia by FIFA to observe the tests said he is happy about the outcome which saw 6 referees from Oceania eligible to participate in officiating the World Cup 2010 matches with 4 of their colleagues from Asia Football Confederation.
The 2 trios are Peter O'Leary - New Zealand, Mathew Taro - Solomon Islands, Bret Best - New Zealand and the other trio is led by Michael Hester - New Zealand, Jan Hendrick - New Zealand and Tevita Makasini from Tonga.
The outcome is good news for OFC and also creates a new page in history of football in the OFC that saw not only a trio but 2 trios participating in the tournament in South Africa.
Mr. Atisson flew out of Malaysia this week and is now attending a workshop at the OFC headquarters in New Zealand and is expected to arrive back in the country today, 8 May 2010.