SAFA makes huge referees change

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The South African Football Association (SAFA) has confirmed the appointment of Abdul Basit Ebrahim as the new Head of Referees.

The former FIFA official will get to work immediately to ensure referees are ready for the resumption of football in the country after replacing Tenda Masikhwa, who has departed the Association 'to pursue other opportunities'. 

It has been confirmed by PSL chairman Irvin Khoza that the top two divisions of South African football will resume on 8 August.

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"First, I would like to thank everyone especially SAFA for providing me with this challenging but exciting opportunity to head the Referees’ Department," Ebrahim said.

"South Africa has been at the forefront of producing the best match officials on the continent and I would like the country to continue being pacesetters in this area.

"I would like to thank and acknowledge the sterling work that has been done by Tenda Masikhwa over the years in this department. He leaves behind an ideal platform on which to work."

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The FIFA and CAF-registered official confirmed that he's also begun working with several referees to undergo fitness tests before the long-awaited resumption of the 2019/20 campaign.

"It has already been a busy few days as we have brought in the first group of referees and we have taken them through the health and safety regulations as well as doing physical exercises in preparation for the resumption and completion of the 2019/2020 league season."