Local referee to officiate at CAF

Local referee to officiate at CAF

MASERU – The continental soccer governing body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has nominated Souru Phats’oane to officiate at the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers match between Madagascar and Senegal.
Referees Coordinator Mohau Sents’o said the local based Mr Phats’oane is the sole referee assistant who has been nominated by CAF from Lesotho, saying he will be the second match assistant in which the central match referee will be hailing from Botswana while the first referee comes from Mozambique.
Asked why CAF has appointed Mr Phats’oane alone while there are many referees on the FIFA panel, he responded that the referees are assigned based on the match categories.
“We have referees in the country on the FIFA panel but CAF based on its analysis of the matches resolved that Mr Phats’oane will be the only AFCON Referee assistant in the game of this calibre,” he explained.
He said CAF made an analysis based on the previous performances before making nominations not necessarily meaning that Lesotho does not have referees who could officiate at the continental level.
He also revealed that the local women’s referees, ‘Mathabo Kolokotoane and Polotso Maapara have left the country for South Africa to officiate at the regional Council of Southern Africa Football Association (COSAFA) Women’s Championship.
Senegal is one of the five countries that represented Africa at the 2018 FIFA world Cup held in Russia.
The other African countries which qualified for the Russia 2018 world cup were Tunisia, Nigeria, Egypt and Morocco.
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