Khan: Don't blame Chiefs for the refs

Farouk Khan says the criticism about referees' poor decisions that seemed to have favoured Kaizer Chiefs in the past couple of games should not be directed at the club.

There's been a huge debate recently about Amakhosi benefiting from match officials' poor officiating, particularly after their 2-0 win at AmaZulu when two Usuthu goals were ruled out for offside.

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane added fuel to the flames after his team's midweek win over Black Leopards by saying his team doesn't get penalties the way Chiefs does.

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"Look, I will tell you this much, I wouldn't say it's luck. I don't think it's fair to say it's luck only," the development coach and football analyst tells KickOff.com.

"Chiefs are not winning because the referees are favouring them. I don't think Chiefs must be blamed for referees' decisions, that's wrong. Chiefs have earned these wins. And if the referees have erred it's not their fault."

Khan, who served both at Chiefs and Sundowns as an assistant coach, believes it's still early to predict who will win the 2019/20 Absa Premiership title.

"It's still very early to say. Still few games played. Sundowns are playing well as well you know even though they are playing in many competitions. They've started well, they are getting points where it matters. Sundowns didn't start on a high but they finished on a high, we saw last year as well, coming from behind and winning the league.

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"So I wouldn't write off anybody yet. Well if you look at the teams overall, you have to agree Chiefs have had a better start. At this stage I think they've done fairly well, not too convincing but I think they've done fairly well to be in the position where they are, but to maintain that is a bit of a challenge. 

"I think for the last period of time we know Chiefs always start well, it's during that middle and end of the season which sometimes becomes problematic. So we'll have to wait and see although I think they've signed some good players this year, and they will do much better than they did last year.

"It's not going to be as easy as long as you still have Sundowns, you still have Bidvest Wits in the race, Polokwane City okay they've lost but they are also contenders, not to win the league but to spoil the party."

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Khan was asked if he thinks winning at least one trophy this season would be enough for the Glamour Boys.

"No, no, no. Chiefs is a big club. Winning one trophy? No. I remember when we were at Chiefs we were winning trophies, there's no winning one trophy. Chiefs is a big club, Chiefs is like Manchester United in England... Chiefs is like Barcelona, we can't win one cup," he insists.

"Yes, we know they haven't won in a long time, but you need to remember they are a team of winners." 

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