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Two South Africans To Officiate At AFCON Finals

South Africa’s highly rated official Abongile Tom has been listed as one of 26 referees that will officiate in the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Ivory Coast between next month and February.  

Tom will be joined by Akhona Makalima from South Africa, who will be part of the VAR referees as she is well-versed in the technology having used it during the 2023 Women’s COSAFA Cup in Gauteng recently. 

Makalima is one of the 12 VAR referees but there is no representation from Mzansi when it comes to assistance, unlike last year’s delayed event.  

Last year Zakhele Siwela was an assistant from South Africa and was even involved in officiating in the AFCON final when Mohamed Salah’s Egypt lost to Sadio Mane’s Senegal.  

On that day in the final, the referee was Victor Gomes, who has since retired after officiating in the FIFA World Cup finals in Qatar’s event last year.  

Gomes became the first official from SA to referee the Africa Cup of Nations final (AFCON) and will forever be remembered for sarcastically offering Egyptian star Salah his whistle and his cards to oversee the game, as the Liverpool star was unhappy with some of the decision. 

Tom has earned a huge stride in himself, especially this year in Africa. He was part of the CHAN referee, FIFA U20 World Cup, referee U23 AFCON Referee & VAR Women Champions League, and VAR CAF Professional Referee Contract.  

Akhona was an U17 AFCON Referee, VAR U20 AFCON Referee, VAR FIFA Women’s World Cup Referee, COSAFA Women Championship Referee, VAR CAF Women Championship Referee and VAR CAF Professional Referee Contract.  

The Africa Cup of Nations will start 13 January – 11 February 2024, with Bafana opening Group C against Mali on 16 January.  

Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala is iDiski Times' former KwaZulu-Natal-based web journalist. Boasting extensive experience in the South African football landscape, Robin-Duke has previously worked for Kick-Off Magazine, Soccer Laduma, and Daily Sun and Sunday Sun. He specialises in breaking news and transfers around South Africa’s big clubs in KZN. Robin-Duke has left iDiski Times.