South African Referee Daniel Bennett To Train In England

South African senior referee Daniel Bennett will be leaving for England next week Wednesday to undergo 14 days of high intensity training at the facilities of the Professional Games Match Officials Limited.
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.