Botswana ref to handle Platinum-Sofapaka match


BOTSWANA referee Tirelo Mositwane will handle the second leg preliminary round of the Orange Caf Confederation Cup match between FC Platinum and Sofapaka of Kenya at Mandava Stadium, Zvishavane, on Saturday.


Zifa have confirmed that Mositwane and three of his countrymen would officiate on Saturday while the match commissioner, Lucas Johane, is from Mozambique.

The first assistant will be Bakwena Simankalele and the second, Madondo Kitso Sibanda, while the fourth official is Omphile Phutego.

FC Platinum are riding on a 2-1 away win in the first leg at Nyayo National Stadium on February 15.

It would not be the first time Mositwane would be handling an international match as he was the centre-man in the second leg preliminary round tie of the Caf Champions League match between Zambia’s Nkana Red Devils and Swaziland’s Mbabane Highlanders in Zambia on February 15 2014. Nkana won that match 5-2 in which Mositwane flashed seven yellow cards and awarded a penalty to the former Zambian champions.

He handled the friendly match between the Warriors and Bafana Bafana at Orlando Stadium in South Africa on September 10 2013, which the Warriors won 2-1.

Mositwane flashed seven yellow cards in that match.

He was in charge when the Zebras of Botswana beat Malawi 1-0 in a friendly match on March 19 2013.

On September 30 last year, Mositwane handled the Caf Under-20 Youth Championships third round match pitting Zambia and Malawi which the Young Chipolopoplo won 1-0 at home.

Meanwhile, four Zimbabwean referees are on their way to Swaziland where they will officiate in the second leg preliminary round tie of another Confederation Cup match between Royal Leopards and South Africa’s Bidvest Wits.

Norman Matemera will be in the centre assisted by Salani Ncube and Bongani Gadzikwa with Thabani Bamala as the fourth official.

Bidvest Wits won the first leg encounter 3-0 in South Africa.

Ruzive Ruzive is on his way to Zambia where he will be the fourth official as Zesco United host Swaziland’s Mbabane Swallows in a Caf Champions League tie tomorrow after the two sides drew 1-1 in the first leg two weeks ago.

Zifa spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela confirmed the five match officials’ international duties.

“A quartet headed for a clash between Royal Leopards of Swaziland and Bidvest Wits of South Africa is made up of centre referee Norman Matemera, Salani Ncube (first assistant) Bongani Gadzikwa (second assistant) and the fourth official Thabani Bamala,” he said.

“Ruzive Ruzive will be the fourth official in Zambia for the encounter pitting Zesco United from the host country and Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland.”