GOAL DEBATE: Who's goal should it be - George Maluleka or Michelle Katsvairo?
Posted: 1 December 2016 Time: 20:08
Kaizer Chiefs forward Michelle Katsvairo will feel an aggrieved man after having his goal scored against Cape Town City on Tuesday night awarded to George Maluleka!
Chiefs took the lead when Maluleka crashed the ball goalwards, only for it to deflect off the leg of Katsvairo and into the net during the 1-1 draw.
It was a crucial, intentional, touch from the Zimbabwean as Shu-Aib Walters would likely have saved Maluleka’s shot with ease, but instead could only watch the ball sail past him.
But in his report for the Premier Soccer League, referee Victor Gomes has awarded the third-minute strike to Maluleka, handing him a first goal in nine months since he scored in a 2-1 victory over SuperSport United in February.
The incident is reminiscent of last season when then Mpumalanga Black Aces striker Collins Mbesuma deflected a Thanduyise Khuboni past a wrong-footed Anssi Jaakkola in the Ajax goal in what was another vital touch.
Had the Zambian not got something on the ball it would have likely been a comfortable save for the Finnish keeper.
But it was awarded to Khuboni by referee Thando Ndzandzeka, though it would not prove vital in the final tally as Mbesuma still claimed the Golden Boot in the Absa Premiership.
FIFA has long awarded goals that take a deflection of a defender to the player who took the shot, even if that deflection was crucial to the outcome and it seems that this stretches to teammates as well.
So the question is then, should Katsvairo and Mbesuma get ‘assists’ for those goals?
It also means that the Chiefs strikers have still only scored one goal between them this season in the league, with Katsvairo netting against Free State Stars in September.