17 December 2021 – International Federation of Football History and Statistics best referee on the African continent for 2021, Victor Gomes together with Assistant Referee, Zakhele Siwela have been invited to officiate at the upcoming AFCON Cameroon 2021 tournament.
The tournament will run from January 9 to 6 February 2022.
The two are scheduled to travel to Cameroon on New Year to undergo a mandatory refresher course that has been organised prior to the tournament. The refresher course will take place from 3 January.
The two, together with other selected referees from the continent, will also undergo physical, theoretical and technical tests during the course.
SAFA’s chair of the Referees Committee, Ms Natasha Tsichlas praised SAFA and the Referees department for constantly producing world-class officials.
‘’The continuous appointment of our officials to oversee FIFA and CAF games is an indication that the continental and world football bodies have confidence in our officials. Over the years, SAFA has produced some world class officials and we continue to do so on constant basis.
‘’I would like to thank SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan, SAFA CEO and head of SAFA referees, Abdul Ebrahim for a sterling job they are doing in making sure South Africa continues to churn out excellent match officials.
‘’Good luck to both Gomes and Siwela. I am confident they will do the country proud as they have always done in the past,’’ said Tsichlas.