According to reports, two South African referees will travel to Qatar later this year after being appointed FIFA officials for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Although the South African national team will not take part in the World Cup later this year, the country will have two representatives at the event after two local judges are selected to judge the tournament.
Acting SA chief Victor Gomez and assistant referee Zahele Sivele have been named among the 129 players who will travel to Qatar for the first-ever World Cup later this year. "As always, our criterion is 'quality first' and the officials selected for the match represent the highest level of refereeing in the world," Pierluigi Colina, FIFA's chief referee, said in a statement Thursday.
"The 2018 World Cup was very successful, also because of the high level of refereeing, and we will do our best to get better in Qatar in a few months." The 2022 edition of the global competition will take place between November 21 and December 18 and will be the last edition in which 32 teams will participate before the planned expansion takes place in 2026.
Meanwhile, here are some comments from individual lovers of football as they share their respective opinions;
It's such a great honour to have two of our referees at the World Cup tournament. Although bafana Bafana could not make it to the World Cup tournament, atleast as a nation, South Africa has two representatives at the World Cup which is far better than none.
Meanwhile, do you think with the present form of our national sqaud South Africans should be expecting an international trophy in the nearest future or is it just a mere dream that will never come to past?
Don't forget to like, comment and share this good news with your family and friends as we wait for South Africa to qualify for the next World Cup even as we hope that the selected referees bring honour to our country.
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