SA refs in line for AFCON
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Egypt - Three South African referees begin a week long seminar and testing as they bid to go to the African Nations Cup finals while young Victor Gomes is to handle his first international match on Tuesday.
Referee Daniel Bennett and linesmen Andrew Reezers and Zakhele Siwela have been included on the list of elite officials called to a course in Cairo, starting on Saturday, that will determine the panel of referees and their assistants for the upcoming African Nations Cup finals.
They will attend seminars and also undergo physical testing.
Bennett, 35, has only just been restored to the FIFS panel after failing a test in July.
But if he passes all the requirements in Cairo he will be among favourites to handle the Nations Cup finals next year, particularly after doing the recent African Nations Championship final in Sudan and also worked at the Fifa Club World Cup last December.
Gomes, who is not yet 30, will take charge of the World Cup qualifier between Kenya and the Seychelles in Nairobi on Tuesday. It is his first full international match.
He will be assisted by another newcomer Lindikhaya Bolo, as well as the 29-year-old Siwela, who was on the panel at the Fifa Under-17 World Cup in Mexico in mid-year
On Thursday, another South African Victor Hlungwani took charge of the friendly between Gabon and brazil in Libreville.