Ref off to Zurich for Fifa tests
DANIEL Bennett will oversee tonight's league encounter replay between Kaizer Chiefs and Black Leopards and then head off tomorrow for the biggest assignment of his career.
The Mondeor, Johannesburg school teacher flies to Zurich for intensive tests over the next week that will determine whether he gets to blow at the next World Cup or not.
Bennett is one of 52 referees from around the world who have been short-listed to travel to Switzerland for their first assessments and a seminar in the lead-up to Brazil 2014.
Their number will be slowly cut down to 30 over the next year ahead of the tournament.
Zakhele Siwela has been named as one of the candidate assistant referees but he will attend the relevant seminar only in late October.
The two are the only South Africans on the short list.
On Friday, the referees will undergo a full medical test, with particular focus on the heart, lungs, lactic acid tolerance, endurance and agility.
They will then undergo fitness tests and sports psychology sessions.
Fifa has arranged local youth teams in Zurich to play matches that will provide practical training sessions for the referees. They will also attend tactical and positional training sessions.
Next week, they will be in the lecture hall for an Interpol presentation on corruption and match-fixing problems.