AFL’s international presence

Ballarat Football Umpires Association will host two South African umpires Sibusiso Nqunqeka and Nosipho Khuzwayo as part of the AFL International Cup.

BFUA will provide development opportunities for the duo and they are expected to umpire some matches in the junior ranks. BFUA operations manager Gary Learmonth was excited to further grow the connection with the game overseas. Learmonth first visited South Africa 12 years ago when there was just one competition – there is now around 10,000 people participating.

“We’ve seen the players come through – David Rodan. Hopefully he gives people who can’t play the game another avenue to get involved,” Learmonth said.

“This is an exciting opportunity to host two officials from a different cultural background...we hope to pass on valuable experience to help them become better umpires.”

The AFL International Cup runs from August 6-19.

READY TO GO: Ben Rofe, Sibusiso Nqunqeka, Nosipho Khuzwayo and Toby Whittle at training on Wednesday night. Picture: Supplied.

READY TO GO: Ben Rofe, Sibusiso Nqunqeka, Nosipho Khuzwayo and Toby Whittle at training on Wednesday night. Picture: Supplied.