Enock Molefe - 2010 World Cup
Posted: 8 February 2010 Time: 19:22
Top linesman Enock Molefe says he is excited by the challenge of officiating at the World Cup finals, having been named over the weekend onto the panel for the upcoming tournament.
The Bloemfontein schoolteacher says it is "mission accomplished" after having come through the ranks and achieved at domestic, African and now World level.
But he and his colleague Jerome Damon, who was the other South Africa named in the 30 refereeing teams by Fifa, have vowed not to make any adjustments to their style just because they are now on the elite list.
The two South Africans were chosen among 90 officials for the tournament. They had been on the shortlist since 2007 and come through a testing trial of seminars, fitness examinations and matches at Fifa tournaments over the last 24 months.
"The wish of every official is to see himself on a big stage like the World Cup and this one is special because it is different to the way that officials were nominated before," explained Molefe.
"In the past, it was the confederations who nominated you but for us in 2010 we have been chosen by Fifa from among the best in the world.
"Now we will have the whole world watching us but we are confident enough to step up on this stage."
Molefe says it is also an opportunity to show off the competency of officials in Mzansi.
But the 42-year-old says he expects the pressure to be ratcheted up in the coming months, especially at Premier Soccer League matches where any decision he makes will provoke a reaction from team benches or the fans.
"People will judge me and say 'look at that World Cup referee' but it would be stupid to start officiating differently now. Jerome and I have talked about this and we are going to stick to the basics that got us to the World Cup. We are going to do what we always did," he added.
Molefe was on the line on Sunday at the match between Ajax Cape Town and Bloemfontein Celtic while Damon refereed the match between AmaZulu and Mpumalanga Black Aces.