Siwela to officiate in Korea
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.