Mzizi retires from refereeing

2015-12-02 06:00
PIET MZIZI has retired from refereeing. Photo: Tladi Moloi

PIET MZIZI has retired from refereeing. Photo: Tladi Moloi

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BOHLOKONG. – Piet Mzizi (46) has retired from refereeing after 20 years of officiating.

Mzizi, who hailed from Bohlokong near Bethlehem, announced his retirement from the beautiful game a fortnight ago.

He was known to many for officiating at the South African Football Association (Safa) games, mostly those of the Dihlabeng Local Football Association.

Among the games in which he had played a middle role, were the semi-finals of the South African Schools Football Association (Sasfa) Metropolitan tournament at the national level a few years ago.

He also had a chance to run on the line as an assistant at a few games of the Safa ABC Motsebe league, which was then known as the Vodacom League.

Mzizi said it was not easy to quit refereeing after so many years.

He added that at times one has to take one’s leave while people still love and respect one.

“I have spent most of my life in football. I knew at one stage one would have to quit, but I never thought of the pain that would come with it.

“I will, however, get out there and help promote young referees, rather than just sitting down,” he said.

Mzizi has, however, revealed that he could have waited for a few years more before quitting, but soccer politics have also played a role in his decision.

“I don’t want to talk more about that, but there were many unresolved issues in our refereeing committee,” he said.

He said he would like to congratulate the Dihlabeng Football Association under the leadership of its chairperson, Mpati Maseru.“We have witnessed more development since he took over. For the first time in the history of the association, we saw the referees being recognised at the end of the season’s awards ceremony. I hope he continues to build on that,” Mzizi said.

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