Jerome Damon gets a plum FIFA job

Former World Cup referee Jerome Damon has been appointed FIFA’s referee development officer for Africa. His job will be to support football associations who require help with their refereeing structures, getting the right places all over Africa and also training. Damon, who is also a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) training guru for Africa, is excited.The 47-year old Cape Town-born referee quit his job as a teacher to accept the appointment. He recently completed a VAR course in Morocco and will be conducting another one soon. He was twice named referee of the year in the country. Damon has officiated at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in SA. SA referees have been under flak in recent times. Only Zakhele Siwela went to the World Cup in Russia last year as an assistant referee. Damon says our referees are not bad.