Congratulations Enock, an honour well deserved
On Wednesday 14th August 2013, South African assistant referee Enock Molefe from Bloemfontein will walk out on the hallowed turf that is Wembley Stadium in London to run the line in one of the most intense and keenly contested games of football in the world.
The game between arch rivals England and Scotland will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the English FA. This particular fixture is one of the oldest international matches on the FIFA calendar.
Enock was specifically selected along with three other officials from around the world to mark this highly significant, but deeply symbolic sporting event. He is also the only match official from the African Continent to be invited and it is truly a mark of how highly thought of he is in match officiating circles.
The referee is Felix Brych (Germany), the other assistant referee is Alessandro Rocha Matos (Brazil) and the 4th official is Alain Bieri (Switzerland).
Enock is no stranger to such big events.
Already he has been to:
- 2 World Cups,
- 4 African Nations Cups,
- 1 Olympic Games, and
- 2 FIFA U/17 World Cups
He is also a veteran of countless CAF club and full international matches as well as FIFA World Cup fixtures.
When you look at the other match officials, as mentioned, all specifically invited and not necessarily appointed, if you can see the difference, you can appreciate the level of respect and admiration Enock commands among his peers in the corridors of world football.
There will be many proud people watching this game on the 14th August, but none more proud than me.
Not only have I officiated with Enock in the past in the PSL and helped in his development, I was also very fortunate to be involved in a mentoring capacity.
Nothing gives a coach or mentor more pleasure or satisfaction than to see their protégés climb to these dizzy heights.
Nothing is more rewarding for a coach to see their efforts bear such fruit.
Having said that, a mentor or coach is only as good as the material he has to work with. You can have the best coaches and managers in the world but if the quality is not there then nothing will work no matter how good you are as a coach or mentor.
Enock Molefe has tasted lots of success in his refereeing career. He has been to places most people only dream of and has graced many world class venues that others will only hear of on radio or television.
In case you think all this was handed to Enock on a sliver platter, think again.
He has worked his socks off to get to where he is today. He is the epitome of what a match official should be.
He is the quintessential assistant referee. At all times he has kept his head down and worked on his game. He has been the ultimate professional as far as his craft is concerned.
Enock, I’m so proud to know you as a colleague and a friend and to have contributed something to this wonderful success as a match official you’ve had.
You are an inspiration to all up-and-coming referees and assistant referees. I wish you every success on the 14th August 2013, a date you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
Enjoy the occasion.
Dr. Errol Sweeney