Amongst his first top international assignments upon his return, Bennett, together with Toko Malebo and Yugesh Anjith, will officiate in an international friendly between France and Nigeria at St. Etienne, France, on June 2.
Jerome Damon and Enock Molefe, have been shortlisted for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, while female assistant referee Baaitse Manca has been
appointed to officiate at the Universiade 2009 Championship to be held
in Europe later this year.
The chairman of the National Referees Committee, Kirsten Nematandani,
said that given the fact that at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, South
Africa had four match officials representing the country's FA (SAFA), namely Damon,
Molefe, Nomvula Masilela and Deidre Mitchell, the skills of SAFA’s FIFA referees are in high demand.
South African referees were also in charge of the CAF Super Cup Final
between Al Ahly of Egypt and Club Sportif Sfaxien of Tunisia in
February, in which Bennett handled the game as the middleman, assisted
by Molefe (assistant referee), Malebo (assistant referee) and Abdul
Basit Ebrahim (4th official).
“The on-field performances of our referees are due to the hard work and
new direction taken by the National Referee’s Committee when it
implemented the merit system of appointments, allowing our referees to
compete equally, thereby, increasing the competitive level within our
ranks,” said Nematandani.