Two SA refs land FIFA World Cup roles


Two South African referees will be travelling to Qatar later this year after being appointed as FIFA Match Officials for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

While the South African national team won't be taking part in the World Cup later this year, the country will have two representatives at the showpiece event after two local referees were selected to officiate at the tournament.

Leading SA match official Victor Gomes and assistant referee Zakhele Siwele were both named among the 129-man-strong contingent heading to Qatar for first-ever World Cup to be held at the end of the year.

"As always, the criteria we have used is 'quality first' and the selected match officials represent the highest level of refereeing worldwide," FIFA Referees Committee chairman Pierluigi Collina said in a statement on Thursday.

"The 2018 World Cup was very successful, partly because of the high standard of refereeing, and we will do our best to be even better in a few months in Qatar."

The 2022 edition of the global competition is set to take place between 21 November and 18 December and will be the last edition to feature 32 teams ahead of the planned expansions to take place in 2026.