South African referees off to elite course in Cairo

Two local officials get a chance to work at yet another Africa Cup of Nations tournament
South African referees Daniel Bennett and Zakhele Siwela have both been invited to a Confederation of African Football Association elite course from November 21-29 in Cairo.

The course doubles up as the selection process for the upcoming African Nations Cup finals in South Africa.
Bennett and Siwela are the only South Africans shortlisted for both the Nations Cup and World Cup.

They were also on the panel for the 2012 finals in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, handling the semifinal match between Ivory Coast and Mali, and the shortlist for Brazil in 2014.

The pair have also officiated at the later stages of the African Champions League and Confederation Cup.

Siwela returned last Saturday from a World Cup workshop in Zurich, having passed physical and medical tests for candidates for the 2014 finals in Brazil.

He was among a group of some 52 assistant referees at the workshop.

Bennett underwent a similar examination in September. He is on the shortlist of 50 men in the middle that will be cut to 30 before the World Cup.