SAFA LogoMs Natasha Tsichlas has been appointed Match Commissioner for tonight’s friendly match between Bafana Bafana and Mozambique that will be played at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

With her appointment, Ms Tsichlas becomes the first female official to serve as a Match Commissioner for a Bafana Bafana home fixture.

“I feel honoured as the first woman to act as a Match Commissioner for such an important game,” said Tsichlas

“This is a historic moment for our country and I am hoping this will inspire more women around the country to get involved in soccer, and officiating at the highest level.

“It would also be great for FIFA and our Confederation of African Football (CAF) to acknowledge more women as Match Commissioners,” she added.

South African Football Association (SAFA) President, Kirsten Nematandani said such is an honour for a woman who has dedicated a lot towards football in the country, this is a fitting reward and should work as a catalyst for other women to get involved in various soccer activities.

“We as SAFA are happy for Natasha. She has always been a trendsetter and we encourage other female soccer fans to take a cue from her and occupy rightful places within the soccer fraternity, whether it is administration or on the field of play,” said Nematandani.

SAFA head of referees, Adeel Carelse said Tsichlas’ appointment as match commissioner for the upcoming game was great for the development of the game among female officials.

“Her appointment is a sign that we are headed in the right direction with the development of female match commissioners in the country,” said Carelse.