South Africa to Be Represented at AFCON 2021, Victor Gomes to Officiate Algeria and Ivory Coast Clash

South Africa to Be Represented at AFCON 2021, Victor Gomes to Officiate Algeria and Ivory Coast Clash

Byron Pillay
January 20, 2022 at 3:06 PM
  • Bafana may not be at AFCON 2021 but South Africa will still be represented thanks to Victor Gomes
  • Victor Gomes will referee the clash between Algeria and Ivory Coast while Zakhele Siwela will serve as the linesman
  • Victor Gomes is referred to as Mr Penalty and fans are expecting him to make more controversial decisions today

South Africa will once again be represented at AFCON 2021 despite Bafana Bafana not qualifying for the continental tournament.

South Africa's Victor Gomes will take charge of the clash between Algeria and Ivory Coast in what is a much win game for the defending champions.

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South Africa's Victor Gomes and Zakhele Siwela will officiate the game between Algeria and Ivory Coast. Image: Lefty Shivambu
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Gomes will have fellow South African, Zakhele Siwela as the linesman in the Group E clash in Douala Sport24 confirmed.

Gomes and Siwela aren't the only South Africans at the tournament though. As The South African confirmed, commentator Mark Gleeson was also called up for the tournament.

Gomes is known as Mr Penalty and is often trending on social media for some of his controversial decisions. During the Nigeria vs Sudan clash, Gomes awarded his sixth penalty of the season.

He recently became the source of many memes and jokes online after rumours circulated that he would be officiating the clash between Ghana and Gabon. South Africans saw it as the perfect form of revenge after they failed to qualify for AFCON due to a controversial penalty against Ghana.

Gomes didn't officiate the game but with Robert Marawa confirming that Gomes will be officiating the Algeria and Ivory Coast clash, South Africans are still proud of Mr Penalty himself.


"Better than most EPL referees.... good luck Victor."


"In Victor Gomes we believe.....all the best tonight"


"Good luck to Penaldinho"


"All the best to one of our own"

AFCON 2021: Nigerian striker begs fans for support, not backlash after scoring 1st Super Eagles goal

Super Eagles striker Sadiq Umar has beckoned on all Nigerians to keep supporting the national team at the ongoing AFCON in Cameroon after Nigeria sealed qualification to the Round of 16 Complete Sports reports.

The Super Eagles Nigeria topped Group D after defeating title favorites Egypt, as well as beating Sudan, and Guinea-Bissau in all their group games at the continental tournament, Sports Brief earlier reported.

Sadiq Umar who has featured in all the Eagles games so far in the tournament opened his goal-scoring account for the senior national team when he coolly tapped in from close range to give Nigeria the lead against Guinea-Bissau.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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