The South African Football Association say they are confident that Victor Gomes will do a “magnificent job” when taking charge of the Africa Cup of Nations final on Friday.
Gomes will be the referee when Senegal and Algeria face off for the title in Cairo (9pm SA time kickoff).
The 36-year-old has built up a reputation as a no-nonsense official in the South African Premiership, where he is not scared to dish out yellow and red cards.
But his performances have been rewarded, as he is the only South African referee at Afcon, with the only other local official being assistant referee Zakhele Siwela.
Gomes was chosen as the PSL Referee of the Season in 2012/13 and 2017/18, and was praised last year for reporting an attempted bribe in the Caf Confederations Cup.