Norman Matemera will lead a quartet of local match officials headed for Cote d’Ivoire to officiate in a Total Confederation Cup group match between Asec Mimosas and Aduana Stars (Ghana) on 6 May.
The first and second assistant referees for the match are Brighton Nyika and Salani Ncube respectively; Nomore Musundire is the fourth official.
The chairperson of the referees’ committee, Gladmore Muzambiwa was appointed as the match commissioner for a match day 2 tie of the same competition between Uniao Desprtiva do Songo (Mozambique) and Renaissance Sportive de Barkane (Morocco) on 16 May.
Meanwhile, it was revealed this week too that Zimbabwean match official Norman Matemera had also rejected a bribe, reportedly of US$10,000 to influence the result of the Confederation Cup play-off tie between Equatorial Guinea outfit Desportivo Niefang and Ivorian side Williamsville AC.
Matemera immediately reported the approach to CAF and has been praised for his action by ZIFA Referees Committee vice-chairman, Gladmore Muzambi.
“We are saying to our international referees, and indeed the local ones, we must always uphold the integrity tenets which entails recognising, resisting and reporting any attempts of match manipulation,” Muzambi told The Herald newspaper.
“You must recognise that there are attempts to fix a match, you must resist those attempts and you must report those attempts. In this regard we feel proud that our referees did just that.”
The COSAFA region has a number of top referees on the FIFA panel, incuding Janny Sikazwe, who is scheduled to blow his whistle at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. cosafa.com