Mr Jelly Chavani displays his accreditation certificate. He is flanked by officials from the South African Football Association, Mr Abdul Ebrahim (right) and Ms Deidre Zealand. Photo: supplied.

Referee Chavani now aims for the world's top teams


Local soccer referee Mr Jelly Chavani will now be able to officiate at international level. This announcement was made on Saturday, following a week-long mid-season refresher workshop in Gauteng.

During an interview with Limpopo Mirror shortly after he had received the Premier Soccer League’s best-referee award for the 2019/20 soccer season early last year, Chavani indicated that his dream was to officiate at international level within the next three years. His dream may become a reality much quicker than he had anticipated.

The 25-year-old Chavani was one of the professional match officials who attended the week-long workshop at the OR Tambo Airport auditorium from last Monday until Saturday. After successfully attending the workshop, Chavani was told something that will probably make him a happy person for a lengthy period.

An announcement was made at the end of the workshop that Chavani had been accredited to officiate at international level. Speaking to Limpopo Mirror shortly after the announcement, Chavani could not hide his joy over the phone. He revealed that the accreditation was a dream come true to him. He assured his followers that he would not disappoint them.

Chavani started wielding the whistle at local football association level way back in 2013. He was promoted to officiate at professional level in the middle of the 2015/16 soccer season. He only got to officiate a few National First Division matches that season. After excelling in the NFD games that he officiated that season, Chavani was given the nod to officiate during PSL matches as well.

Chavani is the 20th South African match official to get accreditation to officiate at international level. Some of the other South African match officials who are on the international panel are: Victor Gomes, Akhona Makalima, Abongile Tom, Thando Ndzandeka, Luxolo Badi, Eugene Mdluli Sani, Nobuhle Tsokela, Nandipha Menze, Cedrick Muvhali and Sipho Mahlangu (assistant referees).



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Date:22 January 2022 - By: Frank Mavhungu

Frank Mavhungu

Frank is a Human Resources Manager at the Department of Public Works in Limpopo. He is the longest serving correspondent of the Mirror, having joined us at the end of 1990.  He mainly writes sports reports and resides at Tsianda Village. In 2004, Frank won the National Castle League Award, an award for the best reporter in the SAB league in South Africa.




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