Local referees miss out on AFCON

Local referees will join fans in watching action from a distance after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) again overlooked them for the Africa Cup of Nations finals which kick-off in Johannesburg, South Africa on January 19.

However, Referees Commission chairperson, Alousious Sesikwe is not overly concerned as he believes a breakthrough for the local whistle men- and women- is not too far off. "I might take time but the opportunity will come. We have FIFA listed referees and if they perform (well), they will be selected," Sesikwe said. He said officials like Lekgotla Johannes and Joshua Bondo, among others have performed well and it is only a matter of time before they get recognition. At the last edition which Equatorial Guinea and Gabon co-hosted, local referees were absent which Sesikwe bemoaned.

Despite being constantly shunned, local match officials have made strides in continental club competitions
Bondo, who handled the 2012 CAF Confederation Cup semi-final between DRC's AC Leopards and their Malian counterparts, Djoliba is confident of making the cut in 2015.

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