Two match officials will represent South Africa at the 2021 Cosafa Cup set to be staged in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa from July 6-18.
Abongile Tom and Akhona Makalima are among the 23 match officials that will take charge of the games at the tournament.
Makalima has officiated at the Cosafa Under-20 Championships and the Caf Under-20 Cup of Nations, and is among the leading female referees on the continent.
“We had referee Makalima, who went to the Caf Under-20 Cup of Nations and did very well,” said Felix Tangawarima, the Cosafa Referees Manager who is also a member of the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Referees Committee and a FIFA Technical Instructor.
“In 2019 we had assistant referee Diana Chikotesha, who officiated at the Caf Under-23 Cup of Nations that served as the qualifiers for the Olympics. She also did very well.
“All of these match officials have shown themselves to be extremely capable. In fact, we probably had a 50-50 split of male and female match officials in the Under-17 and Under-20 zonal qualifiers last year and in many instances, I thought our female referees outshine their male counterparts.”
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