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May 30, 2022

STAFF REPORTER

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Phatšoane inks new football milestones

Phatšoane inks new football milestones

Top Lesotho Assistant Referee, Souru Phatšoane

Story highlights

  • Top referee to officiate FIFA World Cup
  • LeFA referees’ department continues to grow

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PROMINENT Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) assistant referee, Souru Phatšoane has inked yet another football milestone after he was last week announced among top international referees who will officiate the FIFA World Cup scheduled for Qatar in October.

The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) also announced last week that the star referee will officiate the 2022 CAF Champions League final, less than five months after officiating the final of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Phatšoane has once again been paired alongside South Africa duo of Victor Gomes and Zakhela Siwela, who together made history in March becoming the first match officials from southern Africa to officiate the final of the prestigious continental tournament.

The developments were announced by the LeFA earlier last week with the president, King’s Counsel (KC) Salemane Phafane expressing his delight at Phatšoane’s achievements.

“We are more than proud as LeFA that one of us in Mr Phatšoane will be making history when he officiates at the World Cup in Qatar, becoming the first ever Mosotho do so,” the LeFA president noted.

“He has set the bar very high for his colleagues, but overall, we are happy that our referees’ department continues to grow from strength to strength as they continue to get appointments for different competitions in the region, continent and beyond.”

The Lesotho star referee’s other milestone includes officiating the CAF Super Cup and Confederations Cup finals in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

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He also officiated the FIFA Under-17 World Cup held in Brazil in 2019 and the CAF Champions League final between Egypt’s Al Ahly and Wydad AC of Morocco.

LeFA further announced that its other match officials, Osias Koto and Siza Dlangamandla have been appointed to officiate the Africa Cup of Nations Group match between Mauritius when they welcome West African powerhouse, Nigeria early in June.

Dlangamandla is also among regional match officials that have been assigned top assignments at the upcoming COSAFA Cup to be staged in Durban in July.

He is in the panel alongside countryman, Retšelisitsoe Molise, who is among a group of LeFA’s elite referees.

 

 

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