Kerr: The referee makes the decisions


Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila head coach Dylan Kerr felt it was wrong for the referee to consult with the fourth official before awarding Kaizer Chiefs a penalty.

Victor Hlongwane decided not to make any decision when Samir Nurkovic went down under Ayanda Nkili's challenge in the second but after with his assistant and the fourth official, the Soweto giants were awarded a penalty.

The decision did not prove to be a fatal one as Tshakuma went on to secure a late winner through Thabo Mnyamane's late penalty.

"The players dug in deep, even with ten men. When you're playing [against] ten men, as we found out against Cape Town City, we kept on going unfortunately the result didn't go for us," Kerr told SuperSport TV.

"We got the winner in the end but I'm disappointed with the penalty decisions, because the referee is the one making decisions in the game of football, to come all the way here to speak to the linesman and the fourth official and ask an opinion when he's the boss in the park, that's just totally wrong.

"I know Gavin [Hunt], if it was a penalty fair enough but the referee has to make that judgement, he's the man in charge, not the fourth official, not the linesman, they are there to assist him.

"But if you look at the distance from the fourth official to the linesman, they are so far away, the referee is ten metres away and he's given the call, goalkick but great character, we kept on going and that's the pleasing thing for me," he fumed.

"We're playing against ten men but ten men is always a tough game to beat, credit to the players we kept forcing it, we made too many wrong decisions in and around the penalty area.

"I think 'Zizou' our number ten [Celimpilo Ngema] he could have scored two goals but you gotta be confident and have that special belief to shoot, one is across the face of goal and one it's on the side-netting.

"But credit to everybody, my staff, the chairman is gonna be happy and on the personal note that's my first win against Gavin Hunt, he's a very good friend of mine, football is about three points and we got three points today, I'm pleased for the players."

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