Bafana Bafana may not be competing at the delayed 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Cameroon, but Mzansi does have a referee, an assistant referee and now a top commentator in ‘action’.
The reasons behind Bafana Bafana’s failure to qualify have been well documented and there’s no need to flog that dead horse once again.
Prior to kick-off, as reported by The South African website, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) selected South African referee Victor Gomes and assistant referee Zakhele Siwela among the panel of match officials to do duty.
On Thursday there was further good news with confirmation that top local football commentator Mark Gleeson had been called up to do what he does best in the commentary box.
Gleeson was rushed into action and called the clash between hosts Cameroon and Ethiopia which ended in a 4-1 win for the The Indomitable Lions it what was by some distance the highest scoring match at the tournament to date.
No one knows more than Cape Town-based Gleeson who will celebrate his 58th birthday on 21 January.
Mark Gleeson is the official archivist for African football for FIFA
He is thought to have the most complete set of African football records in existence and is the official archivist for African football for FIFA.
In 2017, the CAF awarded him a Gold Order of Merit for services to African football – and deservedly so!