The late SAFA match commissioner, Matankiso Titi-Miya, has been praised for her passion for football development.
Her life was cut short in a car accident last Friday on her way to officer in the DStv Diski Challenge match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Sekhukhune United.
Three tributes to a female pioneer
Titi-Miya was the first woman in the Free State to receive a FIFA badge with which she could officiate in international matches.
She will be best remembered for her hard work and dedication.
PSL referee and friend of Titi-Miya, Victor Hlungwani says Titi-Miya loved and lived for the game.
Hlungwani says they relied on Titi-Miya to address the concerns of the referees in the National Referees Committee.
“But what I can say about her is the passion she had for referee development when she was co-opted into the national panel. She often called us and said, ‘Are you happy with what’s happening in the South African referee? .That we would give her some of the issues that we would discuss at that level and that was good to address our issues on the ground.We did not have the voice.That she was our voice as we speak now. ”
The president of SAFA in the Thabo Mofutsanyana region, Elizabeth De Koker, says that Titi-Miya was a shoulder to lean on, especially on matters concerning referee development.
De Koker spoke at the Titi-Miya memorial service in Clarens in the eastern Free State.
De Koker says Titi-Miya was dedicated to lifting the standard of football in the region.
“Matankiso was a lovely, hard-working person. Matankiso would make sure that, once she’s got a job, she’s able to start it and finish it well. And every now and then it’s not a person who happy she was with mediocrity.And she would always like to pick up her game, assignment and she kept me on my toes, she kept us on our toes because we in the province relied on her when transforming referee . “
Development Assistant Referee Zanele Ntombela says it’s still hard to believe her mentor is gone.
“I feel very sorry because she was a motivator for us. She was everything we needed as the young developing women’s referees especially in the Free State province. Everything we needed, she gave us.”
Referee instructor Enoch Molefe says he is grateful he crossed paths with Titi-Miya.
“Mrs. Titi can be described as a very disciplined and dedicated person. She was very kind at heart inside and out. Very committed to her work. I told someone that Mrs. Titi is one person who would never disappoint.
Titi-Miya became an active assistant referee between 2004 and 2010. She was also a referee instructor and a member of the National Referees Committee.
As commissioner of the match, Titi-Miya has officiated at the DStv Premiership, National First Division and ABC Motsepe Leagues, among others.
Late SAFA match commissioner, Titi-Miya praised for her commitment to football development – SABC News
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