TWO weeks after Zimbabwean match officials led by Norman Matemera brilliantly handled an Afcon qualifier game between Equatorial Guinea and Libya, the quartet of Bright Chimene, Tafadzwa Nkala, Bright Nyika and Lawrence Zimondi will travel to Zambia to handle a CAF Champions League tie that will feature Forest Rangers and AS Bouendegue on Saturday.
Chimene was last year named Zimbabwe’s Referee of the Year at a function where Faith Mloyi and Salani Ncube came out as the first and second runners up respectively.
In Equatorial Guinea, Matemera was ably assisted by Ncube and Luxon Mhara.
The appointment of Zimbabwean match officials for international assignments seems to be coming thick and fast and, in that regard, Zifa Referees Committee chairman Brighton Malandule said: “We are very happy that our referees are being recognised and this bears testimony to the work that my committee has put in since we came into office in January 2019.”
He added: “Before they make the trip to Zambia, Zimondi, Chimene and Nkala will finish their duties at the COSAFA Under 17 tournament meaning they will fly from South Africa straight to Zambia. Chimene will be going back to Zambia for another assignment next week and he will be travelling with Salani Ncube, Luckson Mhara and Prince Mathumo.
This is good for the development of our referees as we strive to produce officials who will represent us at major tournaments,” said Malandule, a former Zifa and Fifa panel referee.
At the recently held COSAFA senior ladies tournament Zimbabwe had a record number of officials with Mloyi, Thanks Nyahuye, Grace Gimo and Lorraine Mundoka taking charge of different matches.
In addition, Zimbabwe referees instructor Sabelo Maphosa was the referees assessor at the ladies tournament.
Another country’s referees instructor Brighton Mudzamiri will be doing the same duty at the rescheduled COSAFA Under 17 contest.
The country boasts of other seasoned top match officials that include, Sanelisiwe Sibanda, Bekezela Makeka, Ruzive Ruzive, Philani Ncube, Hardly Ndazi, Thabani Bamala, Abraham Manda and Allen Basvi among others.