Johannesburg – South Africa's Two-Week Football Association (Cosafa) Cup Tournament Launches in Durban on May 25, when referees from the region have the perfect platform to showcase their beautiful play laws.
South Africa has a healthy reputation in the production of good whistlemen and women, with three four referees taking care of the semifinals of the CAF Champions League talks from the area.
Botswana's Joshua finds himself in the middle when Moroccan Wydad Casablanca organizes Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa on Saturday, while Helder Martins de Carvalho from Angola takes on May 4. t
South Africa, Victor Gomes, will have a whistle on what is probably a highly charged second leg between TP Mazembe of DR Congo and holder of the Esperance of Tunisia title in Lubumbashi, in the Congolese country on May 4th.
Janny Sikazwe (Zambia) was also responsible for the quarter-final second stage in Lubumbashi in the final round.
Martins is a perfect example of a referee who was held through Cosafa tournaments and is now at the top of his craft.
"I got the final of the Cosafa 2009 final, which was quite a surprise when I was a young referee, but it was a great experience for me," Martins said.
“Nobody knew me, I was very young at the time. I think people were a little afraid of how I would play. Also, I was very, very scared, it was a big challenge. But it went well and it's probably my best memory as a referee. "
"In the following year, the African World Championships under 17 took place and I did," added Martins.
“Then I was promoted to World Cup under 17 in Mexico, two matches. From there I moved. "
Martins said he had no doubt that some of the leaders of African countries, whether men or women, were coming from Cosafa.
"Cosafa does a great job of developing new referees," he said.
"We see new talent every year in Under-17 and Under-20 tournaments and we also have three or four new senior judges."
Martins, Gomes, Bondo, Sikazwe, Jackson Pavaza (Namibia) and Bernard Camille (Seychelles) are referees who have been selected by the Confederation of African Football to take part in the preparatory course before the African Nations Cup in 2019, and six other referees from region.
On the women's front, Gladys Lengwe (Zambia) will be at the FIFA Women's World Cup in June-July, while Bernadett Kwimbira (Malawi), Lidwine Rakotozafinoro (Madagascar) and Queency Victoire (Mauritius) will act as assistant judges.
Added to that, Jerome Damon, a highly respected former South African referee, has recently been appointed as a FIFA Africa Development Officer.
Damon has already appeared as an assistant for video assistants (VAR) for Africa and has led several seminars on new technology for referees from across the continent.
Much of this was possible under the supervision and oversight of Referee Manager Cosaf Felix Tangawari, a Zimbabwean member who is also a member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Confederation and FIFA Technical Instructor.
"One of Cosaf's strong goals is development," Tangawarima said. "As a region, we are very proud that the referee's long-term development program has produced a very positive year." Nampa / ANA