Four South Africans have been appointed to officiate in a 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary competition African Zone qualifying match between Cameroon and DR Congo in Yaoundé on Saturday, 2 June 2012.
Referee Daniel Bennett, together with assistants Enock Molefe and Zakhele Siwela have been tasked with this high-level match between the two Central African giants.
Lwandile Mfiki will be the fourth official.
The following week Bennett will be in Mali to officiate in another 2014 World Cup qualifier where Mali will face Algeria. The match will be played on Saturday, 9 June 2012.
Sandile Dilikane and Lindikhaya Bolo will be the assistants while Victor Gomes will sit in as the fourth official.
Meanwhile the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has invited two of South Africa's elite female referees to attend a high level women's referee course for members on the CAF panel of referees and assistant referees.
Baaitse Maanca and Nomvula Masilela will be amongst the highly-ranked female referees on the continent at the course that will take place from 18 - 23 June 2012 at the CAF Football Academy in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
The course is designed to keep referees on the elite panel up to date with the trends of refereeing and will also include aspects of refereeing such as physical training and fitness tests.
The course came up as a means of preparing the referees for selection to officiate in the upcoming African Women's Championship qualifiers set to begin towards the end of May.
"It’s good news that CAF has invited some of our own to an elite referees’ course. I would like to congratulate the selected participants and hope this serves as inspiration for upcoming female referees. We also believe this will promote women’s involvement in the game as we look to have higher participation amongst female referees in the country,” said Alpha Mchunu, Chairman of the Referees Committee at SAFA.
“Their participation in the course will assist in their development because they will be interacting with other referees from the continent.”