Confederation of African Football heap praise on SA ref Victor Gomes

Referee Victor Gomes (Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix)

Referee Victor Gomes (Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix)

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has heaped praise on South African referee, Victor Gomes for showing good ethics and high professionalism in the incident between Nigeria’s Plateau United and USM of Algeria.

Gomes reported to the SA Football Association (Safa) that he had been offered a bribe (R362 556) to fix the first-leg of the Confederation Cup clash between Plateau United and USM on April 8.

Safa has welcomed the gesture from the continental football governing body.

“The South African Football Association (SAFA) warmly recognises the appreciation shown by Caf to our match officials for their exemplary conduct during one of their recent engagements.

“We will continue encouraging our match officials to represent the association and the country well in all future tasks, both here at home and beyond our borders.

“We say, ‘thumbs up’ to Victor Gomes, Johannes Moshidi, Athenkosi Ndongeni and Chris Harrison,” said Tenda Masikhwa, Safa Head of Referees.

In their letter, Caf praised Gomes’s “excellent attitude and honesty”.

“You have all the qualities of a good and honest referee. You have successfully brought a lot of fame to Caf. With your significant contribution, we are changing the mindset of players to ensure fair play.”

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