Top PSL ref to hang up his whistle


Experienced referee Phillip Tinyani will soon be saying his goodbyes to the PSL as he is set to hang up his whistle.

In August this year Tinyani will turn 47, which is the cut-off age for domestic referees.

Phillip Shumani Tinyani, who was born in a village called Dzimauli in Limpopo, made his first PSL appearance in the 2003/04 season in a clash between Silver Stars and AmaZulu.

According to a SAFA official who wanted to remain anonymous, police officer Tinyani has reached the age where FIFA wants referees to stop officiating.

"The cut-off age for referees is 46 or 47 years, and internationally it's 45," the source tells

Contacted for comment, SAFA head of referees Abdul Basit confirms the news.

"Yes, Phillip Tinyani I think is turning 47 this year, and it will be his last season in the PSL."

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