12 November 2018 – SAFA Referees, Jelly Chavani and Maneo Tau have been invited by the Council of Southern African Football Association (COSAFA) to serve as match officials in this year’s AUSC Region 5 Youth Games set to take place in Botswana.

The 8thedition of this year’s sporting event will run from 4 – 18 December 2018 in Gaborone.

The Region 5 tournament is one of the major sporting youth events in the Southern region consisting of seven sporting codes, with football included.

Chavani, who officiated in this year’s COSAFA U-17 men’s tournament which took place in Mauritius from 19 – 29 July 2018, stated that this was one experience he was looking forward to, as this will be the first time he will be officiating there.

“This will be the first time I will be officiating there,” said the 22-year-old referee. “However, I must say that I am looking forward to the challenge. My intention is to go out there and give it my utmost best in every game I will be working in.

“I am also going there with an open mind. Football is all about having the willingness to learn at all times and I intend to do just that.”