Football-Maillet gets top job with Caf


MAILLET … taking on a bigger job

“It won’t be easy, but I believe the job is quite similar to what I’ve been doing here with the Seychelles Football Federation since 2003, only that this time it will be on a bigger scale,” said Maillet who added that he will learn on the job.

Maillet, 45, will leave for Cairo, Egypt, on Tuesday October 30 to take up his new post at the Caf headquarters. He will be replacing Malawian Bester Kalombo who had held the post for the past seven years.

Maillet’s appointment comes right after reaching the end of his reign as a Fédération Internationale de Football Association (Fifa) referee after reaching the age limit of 45 on October 19.

“I could still continue refereeing at local level, but now I have to put an abrupt end to my refereeing career. It’s a chance of a lifetime and I want to make the most of it,” added Maillet who had been a full international referee for Fifa since 2001. He made his international debut at home in the African Under-17 Championship Seychelles hosted in 2001.

Maillet has made five appearances in a row at the African Nations Cup (Can). He officiated at the Can for the first time in 2004 in Tunisia and was in charge of two group matches. In Egypt in 2006, he took charge of two group matches, refereed the quarterfinal encounter between defending champions Tunisia and Nigeria and was chosen as the fourth official for the final between hosts Egypt and Ivory Coast.

In Accra, Ghana in 2008, he took charge of three matches. He was named as centre referee for the opening game between hosts Ghana and Guinea and also took charge of the semifinal between Egypt and Ivory Coast. He was twice chosen as fourth official, and one of those matches was the final between Egypt and Cameroon.

In 2010 in Angola, Maillet took charge of a group match and refereed the quarterfinal between Algeria and Ivory Coast.

In this year’s Can co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, he refereed two games and worked as the fourth official in three others including the final.

The celebrated Seychellois referee has also officiated in the AFC Asian Cup, the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup in South Africa and for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. His first game as referee in the 2010 World Cup was in the Honduras v Chile opening round match on June 16, 2010.

G. G.