South African referee Daniel Bennett will be at the center when the Super Eagles confront the Wasps of Rwanda in a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier atAmahoro Stadium in Kigali at the end of this month.
Bennett, who was born Daniel Frazer Bennett in 1976, became an international referee in 2003, and has handled a number of memorable international matches involving the Super Eagles in the past few years.
The South African was at the center when the Super Eagles drew 1-1 with the PalancasNegras of Angola in a 2006 Fifa World Cup qualifying match in Kano in June 2005, and also refereed a couple of matches involving the Eagles in the qualifying race for the 2010 Fifa World Cup finals and the 2012 African Cup of Nations.
The most high-profile of those games was the Super Eagles 2-2 draw at home to Tunisia in the run-up to the 2010 World Cup.
Bennett is one of South Africa’s five Fifa-badged referees, and will be assisted by fellow South Africans ZakheleThusiSiwela (1st Assistant), LuyandaSomi (2nd Assistant) and Tinyiko Victor Hlungani (Reserve Referee).
The Match Commissioner is Hassan Waberi Suleiman, from Djibouti. Hlungani is one of South Africa’s five Fifa referees, and was born in 1976, same as Bennett. He became an international referee only last year. Siwela was born in 1982 and became an international in 2010 while Somi was born in 1975 and became an international in 2008.
On Tuesday, at the National Stadium, Abuja, the Super Eagles intensified their training programme ahead of the international friendly against Liberia in Monrovia on February 15 and the Cup of Nations qualifier against Rwanda in Kigali two weeks later.
All 30 players invited by Head Coach, Stephen Keshiare in camp, but former U-20 team central defender GbengaArokoyo was granted permission to travel to Sweden for trials.