Disabled ref set to make PSL history 

Rivingo Maluleke is on the brink of making history in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) as the first referee living with a disability to officiate in the league. 

Maluleke, from Giyani in Limpopo, has been refereeing in the lower divisions of South African football since 2012. 

He experienced a life-changing accident at the age of four that left him with burns on his head, an ear and left hand, seriously impairing the function of his left hand. 

Despite this, Maluleke’s passion for football remained strong. He initially wanted to be a player, but changed his focus to refereeing at the age of 21 after being discouraged from playing because of his injuries, FarPost reported. 

Despite facing discrimination, Maluleke’s determination has seen him rise through the ranks to officiate in the Safa ABC Motsepe League and Hollywoodbets Regional League. 

But he still has other dreams to achieve and aims to break barriers by officiating at higher levels of football, including the PSL.

Maluleke gets his inspiration from PSL referee Jelly Chavani, whose professionalism has had a major impact on his ambitions.

Compiled by staff writer

Pictured above: Reffing a soccer game requires specialised skills.

Image source: Stock


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