Ref Shikongo gets another Caf callBy: STAFF REPORTER
CAF has entrusted its Confederation Cup playoff match between giantkillers Black Leopards of South Africa and Sudan’s Al Merreikh to Namibian referee Rainhold Shikongo.
The MTC Premiership referee of the season will lead a four-man delegation also including MTC Premiership assistant referee of the season David Shaanika, Helmut Andreas and Simson Shahungu.
The four leave for South Africa on Friday and return home on Sunday and Shaanika said his team is looking forward to the challenge.
“CAF has the confidence in us to officiate these big games and we have to return that favour by being at our usual best throughout the match.” Shaanika said.
The encounter between Leopards and Al Merreikh was initially scheduled for the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto but Black Leopards this week moved it to the Ellis Park Stadium due to logistical problems.
Black Leopards came back from three goals down to lose 3-2 against Al Merreikh in the quarter-finals two weeks ago in the first-leg of the playoffs for group stage places.
Having overcome a two-goal first-leg deficit against Warri Wolves of Nigeria in the previous qualifying round, Black Leopards will be hopeful of overturning the deficit on July 15 before their supporters.
Black Leopards just avoided relegation from the South African Premiership last season and have exceeded expectations on their continental debut with wins over Motor Action of Zimbabwe, Lupopo of Democratic Republic of Congo and Wolves.