- South African referee Zakhele Siwela was chosen to officiate at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
- He will be making South Africa proud with his consistent abilities during the tournament
- South Africans took to social media to congratulate Siwela and wish him luck
South African Premier Soccer League assistant referee Zakhele Siwela made South Africa proud by being chosen to officiate at the World Cup in Russia.
Fans of Siwela feel he deserves this because he is one of South Africa's best referees.
Siwela will be the 6th South African chosen to officiate at one of the most anticipated football events. He is following in the steps of others like Enock Molefe and Jerome Damon who were part of the 2010 panel.
Siwela was the 2nd assistant referee in the recent Belgium-Panama match.
South Africans shared their joy and pride in Siwela on social media:
Robert Marawa - South Africa finally makes its World Cup appearance in Russia!!! What a proud moment for thee hardest working and determined Assistant Referee, Zakhele Siwela!! GOOD LUCK!!!!
Masa Nogcinisa - Fantastic, hard work pays, the man is very consistent
Chuma Booi - I'm very happy for Zakhele Siwela for representing South Africa with flying colours today.
Tau Mlambo - All the best to him. Salute baba
Ishmael Mabilo - What a proud moment
Khothatso - It's about time we represent
IG : POTO_ANSWER - Atleast someone is representing us @ FIFAWorldCup Big up & Salute.... Power to him #OneLove
Dzunisani Skinere - The only consistent South African official... I admire the dude
Junior Moagi - Best luck #zakhele
The 35-year-old Siwela forms part of a partnership with central referee Janny Sikazwe of Zambia and first assistant Jerson dos Santos from Angola.
The selection of referees were made based on the skills and personality of each referee. The level of understanding of football was also an important factor, as well as the ability to read the game and the tactics used by teams.
Clearly Siwela excelled in all these categories.
Although South Africa won't be playing football in Russia, people like Siwela are still making South Africa proud with their achievements.
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