Ruzive to handle Bafana-Senegal tie

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Zimbabwe referee Ruzive Ruzive has been appointed to officiate the high-profile international friendly match between Senegal and South Africa in Durban on Wednesday.

The Harare referee will be assisted by linesmen Bongani Gadzikwa and Hwange-based Abraham Manda.

Referees Committee secretary-general Tendai Bwanya said they were happy Zimbabwean referees continued to be recognised by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) and Fifa.

With this renewed hope from Caf and Fifa we feel our referees should strive to compete at the top. We should bury the dark patch and move forward to ensure our referees are among the best.

Last season there was a chorus of criticism in the manner local referees handled local matches prompting Zifa to hire referees from neighbours South Africa and Zambia to officiate the Mbada Diamonds Cup.

But Senegal, who bombed out of the recent African Cup of Nations finals in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon in the first round, will be without star player Demba Ba of English Premier League side Newcastle United. Only nine of Senegals footballers who flopped at the African Nations Cup finals in Equatorial Guinea are in the squad to face Bafana Bafana.

Apart from Ba, other high-profile casualties will be striker Mamadou Niang, veteran defender Souleymane Diawara and Moussa Sow, who recently joined Fenerbahce.