South African Bennett to oversee Rwanda, Nigeria match


South African referee, Daniel Bennett, no stranger to Nigerian ball fans, will be at the centre when the Super Eagles confront the Wasps of Rwanda in a crucial 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifier at the Amahoro Stadium in Kigali at the end of this month.

Bennett became an international referee in 2003, and has handled a number of memorable international matches involving the Super Eagles in the past few years.

The South African was at the centre when the Super Eagles drew 1-1 with the Palancas Negras of Angola in a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying match in Kano in June 2005, and also refereed a couple of matches involving the Eagles in the qualifying race for the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals and the 2012 African Cup of Nations.

Bennett is one of South Africa’s five FIFA-badged referees, and will be assisted by fellow South Africans Zakhele Thusi Siwela (1st Assistant), Luyanda Somi (2nd Assistant) and Tinyiko Victor Hlungani (Reserve Referee).

The Match Commissioner is Hassan Waberi Suleiman, from Djibouti.

Hlungani is one of South Africa’s five FIFA referees, and was born in 1976, same as Bennett. He became an international referee only last year. Siwela was born in 1982 and became an international in 2010 while Somi was born in 1975 and became an international in 2008.
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