Johannesburg – The two-week tournament KOSAFA (Cosafa) Cup kicks off in Durban on May 25 referees from the field, which is an ideal platform to demonstrate their understanding of the laws of the beautiful game.
South Africa has a healthy reputation for producing good whistlemen and women, with three of the four judges who will handle the semi-final matches in the Champions League CAF is originally from this region.
Botswana Joshua Bondo is in the middle, when receiving Widad Morocco South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday, while Helder Martins de Carvalho of Angola to take responsibility reverse fixtures on 4 May.
South Africa, Victor Gomez will have the whistle for what will probably be a very charged second leg between TP Mazembe of DR Congo and Tunisia owners Esperanza Lubumbashi in Congo as the country on 4 May.
Gianni Sikazu (Zambia) also meet the quarterfinal second leg in Lubumbashi in the final round.
Martins with a & # 39 is an excellent example of a judge who has been groomed by Cosafa tournament and now on top of the business.
"I received 2009 Cosafa Cup final, which was quite a surprise when I was a young referee, but it was a great experience for me," said Martins.
"No one knew me, I was very young at the time. I think people were a little scared about how I would perform. Me too, I was very, very scary, it was a big problem. But everything went well and this is probably my best memory as a referee. "
"The next year was the African championship to 17 years, and I did in the final, which is good," said Martins.
"After that I was appointed to the championship to 17 years of peace in Mexico, two matches. I moved from there. "
Martins said he has no doubt that some of the top match officials in Africa, male and female, who come out of the Cosafa region.
«Cosafa does a great job of developing new judges," he said.
"Every year we see new talent in the Under-17 and Under-20 tournaments, and also we have three or four new judges in the elderly."
with & # 39 are the judges, who were elected by the Confederation of African Football to take part in a preparatory course before the 2019 African Cup of Nations, and six assistant referee from the region Martins, Gomes, Bondo, Sikazwe, Jackson Pavaza (Namibia) and Bernard Camille (Seychelles) It will also be present.
On the women's front, Gladys Lengwe (Zambia) will officiate at the women's World Cup in France in June and July, while Bernadettar Kwimbira (Malawi), Lidwina Rakotozafinoro (Madagascar) and Queency Victoire (Mauritius) will act as assistants judges.
Added to this, Jerome Damon, hugely respected former South African judge, was recently appointed to referee FIFA staff development for Africa.
Damon has a & # 39; appeared as a judge's assistant Videos (VAR) guru training for Africa and led several workshops on new technologies for judges from all over the continent.
Much of this was possible by careful and expert eye of manager Cosafa judicial Felix Tangawarima, a Zimbabwean who is also a & # 39; is a member of the Confederation of Football (CAF) African judicial committee and FIFA technical instructor.
"One of the strengths purposes Cosafa with & # 39 is to develop," said Tangawarima. "In the region, we are very proud of the fact that the long-term program of development of the judge give positive results in the year (a) year." – Nampa / ANA