South African linesman flying the flag at Russia 2018
Zakhele Siwela (File)
Cape Town - South African linesman Zakhele Siwela will officiate in the Soccer World Cup Group H clash between Japan and Poland on Thursday.
It will be his second fixture of the tournament so far.
The first fixture Siwela officiated in at the tournament was a Group G clash between Belgium and Panama on June 18.
Siwela, who was named as the Absa Premiership's assistant referee of the season for the 2017/18 campaign topped an amazing year off by making the 63-man list as an assistant for Russia 2018.
He was chosen as one of nine assistant referees from the CAF region.
The 36-year-old linesman attended an extensive workshop in the United Arab Emirates and Italy in preparation for the showpiece event that included intensive workouts‚ full medical examinations and practical and theoretical course.