South African Sports Officials making it big
South African soccer and rugby officials are making a mark internationally after handling two finals in one weekend
Two South African best sports officials name Daniel Bennet, Stevens Khumalot and Rasta Rasivhange both handled two finals i.e Chan Rwanda 2016 and IRB 7s World cup.
Daniel Bennett, who became a CAF/FIFA referee in 2003, has once again put South African football on the map this time by officiating in the final of the 2016 Edition of the CAF Orange CHAN tournament in Rwanda this past Sunday, togetther with his assistant Stevens Khumalo.
Before the final the South Africa’s Daniel Bennett and Stevens Khumalo took charge the highly charged quarter-final encounter between hosts Rwanda and DR Congo at Amahoro Stadium in Kigali.
CAF have continued to show their faith in South African officials, this shows that some of the referees that officiate in the PSL are considered amongst the best on the continent even thou South African referees have often come under scathing attack from the local fraternity.
Rasivhenge recently returned to South Africa from his sabbatical in Australia and has signed with South African Rugby Union on until 2019 to be a referee.
Rasta has established himself as one of the leading referees on the Sevens World Series circuit, and he has a bright future ahead of him.
It was not a surprise when he was picked to handle the match between the host Australia and New Zealand in Sydney.
The South Africa gave a good account of himself in the game.
This comes on a boost on the back of a horrible performance by his counterpart Matt O’Brein.
Referee Matt O’Brein has apologized for his officiating during the Final.
The Blitzbokke led 21 / 7 before O’Brien made some questionable calls, including awarding a 9 – 1 penalty count in New Zealand’s favor.
O’Brien, the son of World Rugby Sevens Referees boss Paddy, has been widely criticized around the world for his performance.