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Lesotho’s Phatšoane to Officiate Second CAFCL Final

Souru Phatšoane
Souru Phatšoane

In a historic achievement for Lesotho, decorated assistant referee Souru Phatšoane is set to solidify his legendary status in African football by officiating his second CAF Champions League final. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed Phatšoane as part of the team of match officials for the second leg of the CAF Champions League final, where Egyptian giants Al Ahly will host ES Tunis of Tunisia at the Cairo International Stadium on May 25.

The two North African football powerhouses are poised for a fierce battle, beginning with the first leg of the final at the Stade Olympique Hammadi Agrebi this Saturday. As they vie for the coveted title of champions of Africa’s premier club competition, Phatšoane’s role in the officiating team underscores his status among the continent’s top assistant referees.

Hailing from Tšenola, Phatšoane has already made history by becoming the first Mosotho to officiate the final of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2021. He worked alongside South Africa’s Victor Gomes and Zakhele Siwela in that landmark event, earning accolades for his performance.

Phatšoane’s career trajectory has seen a rapid ascent over recent years. In 2021 alone, he officiated the finals of the CAF Confederations Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations, culminating in his first CAF Champions League final. His impressive résumé includes making history as the first Lesotho referee to officiate at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021 and later becoming the first Mosotho to officiate at the FIFA World Cup during the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

For the upcoming CAF Champions League final, the officiating team will be led by central referee Jean-Jacques Ngambo Ndala of DR Congo, with Phatšoane serving as the first assistant referee and Seydou Tiama of Burkina Faso as the second assistant referee. The team will be complemented by a fourth official and a match commissioner from Chad and Morocco, respectively.

Phatšoane’s continued presence in high-profile matches highlights his expertise and dedication, further establishing him as a key figure in African football officiating. Lesotho can take immense pride in his achievements as he continues to represent the nation on the grandest stages of international football.

Source: LEFA

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