Si­wela to of­fi­ci­ate in Korea

CityPress - - Sport - – Ti­mothy Molobi

Top Premier Soc­cer League (PSL) as­sis­tant ref­eree Zakhele Si­wela has reached another mile­stone in his ca­reer af­ter be­ing cho­sen to of­fi­ci­ate in a suc­ces­sive Fifa Un­der-20 World Cup in South Korea in May.

He was also cho­sen for the New Zealand edi­tion, which was held two years ago.

The PSL as­sis­tant ref­eree of the sea­son’s ap­point­ment could pave the way for him to go to next year’s Fifa World Cup in Rus­sia.

Si­wela has been paired with top Zam­bian ref­eree Janny Sikazwe, who was in the mid­dle dur­ing the Africa Cup of Na­tions fi­nal be­tween Cameroon and Egypt last month. They also have Jer­son dos San­tos of An­gola in their line-up.

Sikazwe also of­fi­ci­ated the fi­nal of the Fifa Club World Cup be­tween Real Madrid and Kashima Antlers in Ja­pan in De­cem­ber.

Born in Alexan­dra, Jo­han­nes­burg, Si­wela (34) was ef­fu­sive when telling City Press that he was look­ing for­ward to rep­re­sent­ing the coun­try with aplomb in South Korea.

“This is a huge hon­our for me to go rep­re­sent my coun­try at such a big event. I will do my best to hoist South Africa’s flag very high,” said Si­wela.

Although his big­gest dream is to of­fi­ci­ate at the se­nior World Cup in the near fu­ture, he said he would wait for his turn.

“For me, ev­ery tour­na­ment is big be­cause this is where you are tested. I just have to go there and do my best. Who knows what the fu­ture holds for us,” said Si­wela, who was also at the re­cent Af­con finals in Gabon.

He sees the Un­der-20 World Cup as a vote of con­fi­dence af­ter fea­tur­ing at the same event two years ago.

Si­wela will not be the only South African in the tour­na­ment – the na­tional Un­der-20 team – Ama­jita – will rep­re­sent the coun­try too.

Ama­jita have been drawn in Group D along­side Ja­pan, Uruguay and Italy.

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