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Phatšoane’s refereeing walkabout continues

Dec. 27, 2019 2 min read

MASERU - Top assistant referee, Souru Phatšoane, left the country on Christmas day for Morocco to officiate at a CAF Champions League clash between Wydad Athletic Club and Atletico Petroleos De Luanda to be played on December 28.

Earlier this year Phatšoane made it into Lesotho’s football history annals, becoming the first male Mosotho referee to officiate at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) at the year’s edition held in Egypt.

The sole Lesotho match official at this year’s AFCON competition, he debuted with a game between Egypt and the DRC on June 26; his second match was between Tunisia and Mali on June 28 and the third between Namibia and Ivory Coast on July 1 before trotting the line in the Last-16 match between Ghana and Tunisia.

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Tunisia beat Ghana 5 - 4 on penalty shoot-outs after a 1-1 draw in regulation time.

He also also became the first Lesotho referee to officiate at a World Cup tournament during the Under-17 World Cup held in Brazil beginning October to November.

Speaking to the sport after the AFCON feat Phatšoane was quote saying “I still have to learn more. This level is very high and one needs too much concentration.”

“I just need to keep working hard and being committed all the time.”

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