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2 SA soccer refs unfit to officiate

Two national and three international referee failed an assessment course.

Three international referees, who failed the examination, will have to travel to Malawi to be re-examined.

JOHANNESBURG - Two national soccer referees are unfit to officiate after failing a fitness test during an assessment course.

Jerome Damon and Lwandile Mfiki were among those who failed.

The three international officials are Lwandile Mfiki, Thembisile Windvoel and Lufuno Nemagovhani.

The South African Football Association's (Safa) Lindile Ace Kika spoke to Sports Talk about the state of refereeing in South Africa.

Kika said the five referees didn't make the grade in terms of fitness.

Match officials, referees and assistant referees who failed the national fitness test on 16 July, will undergo re-testing in Kroonstad on Sunday.

The intense five day course, under the auspices of the Safa, covers both theoretical and physical aspects of refereeing.

Kika said the referees who wrote the exam on the rules of soccer failed.

"There were two groups who wrote the exam, the nationals and the internationals. Out of the international group, six failed."

According to FIFA laws, the failed officials have to be given a resting period of six weeks before they are re-tested.

The three international referees who failed the examination will travel to Malawi to be re-examined on 6 September.

"We want to create a panel of referees who are ready to be promoted to the international panel for the end of the season."