Top Lesotho assistant referee off to Cairo

Top Lesotho assistant referee off to Cairo

MASERU  – Lesotho’s international assistant referee, Souru Phatšoane, will jet out to Cairo, Egypt on Friday to undergo a gruelling 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) candidates’ course.
The course is scheduled to start on November 27 and will end on December 1 and Phatšoane is among 21 assistant referees from across Africa vying to be part of the continental showpiece to be held in January in Morocco.

The final shortlist of officials who make the cut will be announced in December and if successful Phatšoane will take his place amongst the continent’s elite match officials at the championship which is reserved for players featuring in their respective domestic leagues.
Phatšoane is no stranger to international testing or the African scene.

In September, he was part of an officiating crew that oversaw a crucial goalless 2018 World Cup qualifying fixture between Senegal and Burkina Faso at Léopold Sédar Senghor Stadium in Dakar, alongside Botswana referee Joshua Bondo and Arsénio Marengula, an assistant referee from Mozambique.

In October, Phatšoane then gave another faultless performance in Nigeria’s high-stakes World Cup qualifier against Zambia at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo.
In that game Phatšoane served as the second assistant referee to Bondo again with Oamogetse Godisamang as the first assistant. Speaking on Tuesday, Phatšoane said he is ready for the CHAN tests and added he is confident about his fitness levels.

“(CAF) will make their selection (for CHAN) based on our performance during the tests. I have been performing here at home and I am feeling good and physically fit,” he said.

21 assistant referees and 23 referees will undergo intense physical, theoretical and medical tests during the five-day course in Cairo.
The 2018 CHAN tournament was originally scheduled to take place in Kenya but the country was stripped of its right to host after making slow progress in preparations. In September, CAF announced Morocco as the new host nation.

Lesotho missed out on the championships after losing 2-1 on aggregate to The Comoros in qualifying. However, if things go well for Phatšoane, Lesotho will still have a representative at the continental showpiece.

Luciah Phahla

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