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Assistant referee Theogene Ndagijimana has been selected to officiate at the South Africa 2014 CHAN finals from January 11 to February 1.

 

The Rwandan assistant referee, who was among the top performers at the recent refresher course in Cairo, Egypt, said he was glad to be granted the opportunity.

 

“I know I will be handling the tournament with other top officials from the continent. I pray to God for guidance and to enable me perform well,” said Ssonko who has also handled the World Club qualifiers and CAF club cup matches.

 

Meanwhile, South Africa’s first choice goalie Itumeleng Khune will lead the Bafana Bafana in the forth coming Orange Africa Nations Championship due in South Africa early next year.

 

Khune is one of the senior players alongside striker Bernard Parker and midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala that Coach Gordon Igesund has included in his 23 man squad for the championship.

 

Surprisingly, Igesund’s final team for the tournament is without players from Orange CAF Champions League losing finalists, Orlando Pirates, Ajax Cape Town and Amazulu due to fixture congestions in the South African Premier Soccer League.

 

According to the South Africa Football Association (SAFA), the team will assemble for camp on January 2, 2014 in Cape Town for preparations.

 

The hosts are housed in Group A with Mali, Mozambique and Nigeria for the 11 January to 1 February, 2014 tournament.

 

This is the second time South Africa will be making an appearance at the CHAN tournament after the 2011 edition in Sudan, where they were eliminated at the knockout stages.