SAFA explains lack of vanishing spray


SAFA head of referees Tenda Masikhwa has shed some light on the issue of vanishing sprays and VAR in the PSL.

Despite the Absa Premiership being regarded as one of the best-run professional leagues in the world, only the likes of Victor Gomes and Thando Ndzandzeka are usually seen in possession of the vanishing spray.

During last weekend's matches the referee in the Cape Town City versus Bidvest Wits match didn't have any.

Even in what was the biggest game of last weekend, the Tshwane derby between SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns, the referee Eugene Mdluli had none.

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Asked if the likes of Gomes buy their own spray, Masikhwa insisted every official has it.

"Ja he's not the only one [Gomes]," Masikhwa tells

"Have you watched last weekend's matches? They do have spray, we provided them with sprays. So maybe going forward you will see them using them.

"They were distributed to them during the course... if you remember the first time... they were used I think last season, early last season, and it was found that the foam was not the best of what we wanted. So that was the issue.

"So now they have got better ones. I wouldn't know what the problem could have been you know. But these ones that have been supplied now are better than those ones."

Asked how far VAR is from being introduced to local football, Masikhwa had no concrete answer.

"That is an issue which will be addressed at the joint liaison committee meeting. Ja they'll be having meetings. Those are issues that they'll be discussing at the joint liaison meeting."