25 November 2019 – The South African Football Association (SAFA) referees department has lauded officials who handled the two Telkom Cup semi-final matches over the weekend involving Mamelodi Sundowns v Golden Arrows and Kaizer Chiefs v Maritzburg United.

According to SAFA head of referees, Tenda Masikhwa, the weekend displays showed the maturity most of the officials have displayed of late.

“We are glad with the continued good quality display by officials. This is what we expect at this level,” said Masikhwa

“On Saturday (23 November), it was pleasing to watch the first semi-final match between Golden Arrows vs Mamelodi Sundowns. We are also glad that players were disciplined and respected match officials’ decisions. Victor Gomes, Zakhele Siwela, Emmanuel De Sani, Eugene Mdluli and Match Commissioner Johnny du Toit have shown that psychological preparedness for matches makes officiating a pleasant experience.”

Masikhwa also praised the officials that handled Sunday’s potentially volatile encounter in Mbombela.

“Those who officiated on Sunday’s other semi-final match between Kaizer Chiefs vs Maritzburg United at Mbombela Stadium, seemed to have vowed to maintain the same, if not better, level of good officiating displayed on Saturday.

“The match was flowing and I want to praise Luxolo Badi, who is one of our up-and-coming referees, Elphas Sitole, Kenny Mamegwa, Sandile Dilikane and Match Commissioner Jabu Nzima for the professionalism in which they handled the match on Sunday,” added Masikhwa.

The Chairperson of the Referees Committee, Ms Anasatasia Tsichlas, congratulated match officials on their good performance and encouraged them to continue improving themselves for the better of the game.

“They have set themselves a good benchmark which they have to maintain going forward,” said Tsichlas.