Malae Sofe has been appointed to officiate as an assistant referee in the OFC U-16 Men’s Championship taking place in the Solomon Islands, from the 9th – 22nd September.
Sofe is one of only two Assistant Referees from Samoa to officiate in Oceania competition’s. His first appearance in an OFC tournament was last year in Tahiti for the Men’s U-17 FIFA World Cup Qualifying stage.
“I’m excited to be appointed again to officiate for the U-16 Men’s Championship because this is the second stage and the final round to select a team from the Oceania region to participate in the FIFA U-17 World Cup.”
Sofe is employed with Football Federation Samoa and was recently appointed as the Referee development officer.
“Referee provides employment and opens the door to travel the world and meet new people. Fitness is one of the key things to becoming a good referee, he says.”
Sofe will officiate as assistant referee for the PNG vs Solomon match at 3pm (05pm local time)
The 2018 OFC U-16 Mens Championship is divided into two groups. Group A – New Zealand, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and PNG while Samoa, Fiji, New Caledonia and Tahiti make up Group B.
The Winner and runner up will qualify to the FIFA U-17 Men’s World Cup in Peru 2019.