Mngqithi goes on attack against refs


The appalling standard of refereeing in the country has come under the spotlight again after Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi lashed out at the match officials.

Mngqithi was incensed after their the DStv Premiership match against Swalllows at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday as the match ended 1-1.

The Downs coach issued a scathing attack against referee Luxolo Badi and his first assistant Athenkisi Ndongeni after Swallows were awarded a goal from what looked like an offside position deep into stoppage time to deny The Brazilians three points.

Masandawana thought they had taken all three points against the Dube Birds only for Musa Nyatama to score from a rebound after an initial strike from Kagiso Malinga's free-kick outside the 18-area was parried by goalkeeper Denis Onyango into the path of Nyatama to slot home and hand the visitors a point away from home.

However, the goal did not sit well with Mngqithi after the game.

"I strongly believe the goal was way offside. I was asking myself what is really happening here. They got away with the same murder maybe against [Orlando] Pirates and again now because that to me was an offside," he said.

Mngqithi’s cry against the match officials comes soon after Bloemfontein Celtic were also denied a legitimate goal against Sundowns in their previous league game last weekend.

Celtic striker Motebang Sera had the ball in the back of the net but assistant referee Andile Mncwango had his own thoughts and ruled it offside.

According to a report carried by City Press on Sunday, Mncwango has already been sanctioned by the SAFA referees committee for the incident and could join the likes of Cedrick Muvhali and Jelly Chavani, who have been suspended from officiating for a certain period due to below-par performances.

KICK OFF Magazine editor Zola Doda believes employing match officials on a full-time basis could solve some of the problems of poor officiating in the country.

"When FIFA were selecting match officials for the 2018 World Cup played in Russia, assistant Zakhele Siwela was the only South African that made the panel. That itself was a disgrace for a country that hosted the World Cup just eight years before," said Doda in his Editor's Letter in the February edition of the magazine – now on sale.

"It's about time SAFA and PSL figure out a way of turning match officials into professionals so that they can get up to the same level as their international counterparts," he added.

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