A top South African match referee is set to officiate in a crucial CAF Champions League match next month.
Victor Gomes, who was voted Referee of the Season at the end PSL’s end of the season awards last month, is set to officiate in a crucial Champions League match for Algeria’s MC Alger and TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on July 28.
The South African Football Association has confirmed Gomes’ appointment, as well as that of his team of officials, who are also from Mzansi.
“Victor Gomes will lead a South African team of referees comprising of Zakhele Siwele, Johannes Moshidi and Thando Ndzandzeka in a crucial CAF Champions League encounter between Algeria’s MC Alger and DRC powerhouse, TP Mazembe on Saturday, 28 July,” SAFA confirmed on their official website.
“The group B CAF Champions League encounter is set to take place at the hostile Stade 5 Julliet Stadium in Algeria at 20h00. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has developed a strong sense of trust in the quality and integrity of referees coming from the South African Football Association (SAFA), with a number of crucial CAF Champions League encounters being assigned to the South African officials,” added SAFA.
SAFA’s Technical Committee Chairperson, Natasha Tsichlas told SAFA’s website, “The trust bestowed upon SAFA by CAF is a testament of the continuous hard work being put in by the Association. Refereeing is a critical component of the game that requires constant learning and improvement and as the Association, we strive to be the best exporters of quality referees on the continent.”
Meanwhile, Siwela jetted off to Russia last month to officiate at the FIFA World Cup.