World Cup assignment for Rusape referee

07 Jun, 2024 - 00:06 0 Views
World Cup assignment for Rusape referee GOING PLACES . . . Brighton Chimene

The ManicaPost


Ray Bande
Senior Reporter


AS the Warriors represent the nation in World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Lesotho – Rusape-based diminutive referee, Brighton Chimene will also be waving the country’s flag when he officiates in the duel pitting Libya and Mauritius in Benghazi.

In that crucial encounter, Chimene will be the centre referee, while Edgar Rumeck will be the first assistant and Luckson Mhara will be the second assistant.

Thabani Ruzariro will be the fourth official.

Apparently, this is the second assignment that Chimene has been appointed after he was in the thick of things when Madagascar played against Benin before the FIFA ban on Zimbabwe.

After the FIFA ban, the only assignment outside the country’s borders that Chimene officiated was the low key Four Nations Tournament played in Malawi.

This makes his latest appointment the first major international assignment since the lifting of the FIFA ban on Zimbabwe.

ZIFA referees’ committee chairman, Norman Matemera said the appointment of the quartet is a show of confidence to the local match officiating fraternity.

He added that the gesture will help improve local refereeing standards.

“We are delighted that FIFA has welcomed us back after a long time on the sidelines.

Remember, this is the first FIFA direct appointment of our referees following the lifting of our ban as a football playing nation.

“This shows that FIFA has faith in what we have been doing since the time the ban was lifted. We have had two FIFA MA courses since the lifting of the ban, and this has impressed them, culminating in this appointment. We hope and trust that this is the beginning of more appointments from FIFA coming our way as a nation. We just pray and wish the boys a good performance to earn more appointments. This is an endorsement of the work that we are doing behind the scenes. Therefore, we have to show it on the field of play. We wish our boys well,” said Matemera.

The gifted match official, a failed player in his own right, has not made a secret of his ambition to go all the way to officiate at the global soccer showpiece finals before his glowing career comes to an end.


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