Bennett appointed to Champions League semi-final

No time for SA official to rest after tests in Zurich
South African referee Daniel Bennett returned at the weekend from strenuous tests at FIFA, as he attempts to make the panel for the next World Cup.

However Bennett will be off again this coming weekend after being appointed to take charge of an African Champions League semi-final tie in Nigeria.

The Johannesburg-based school teacher will be in charge of the first leg clash between home team Sunshine Stars and Egyptian giants Al Ahli in Ijebu Ode on Saturday.

He is already a veteran of key ties in the continent’s top club competition.

Veteran Enock Molefe, who officiated at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, will be the first assistant while Zakhele Siwela is the second assistant.

Siwela is also on the shortlist for the 2014 World Cup – the only other South African official earmarked for duty in Brazil.

Bennett passed strenuous medical and physical tests at a week-long seminar in Zurich for aspirant World Cup referees.

He was last year included on a shortlist of 50 referees that will be cut to about 30, that is six months before the tournament kicks off.

Siwela will attend a similar course in Zurich later in October for assistant referees.