It is the first final for the East London-based official but comes despite few glowing reports for him in the just finished Absa Premiership season. Mthetho has also earned himself the tag of the ‘new hanging judge’ after handing out more yellow cards than any other officials this season. He averages more than five cautions per game, much more than the overall average of around four per game in both the Premier Soccer League and National First Division. The identity of the referee is usually kept a secret by the Premier Soccer League, even for a major cup final which is regarded as a pinnacle of a match officials' career. In all mature football leagues, the identity of the cup referee is released days before the game to allow for pre-match publicity but the PSL is still not confident enough in its clubs that they will not make attempts to influence the referee on the eve of the game.