Referees speak up about fitness


Contrary to SAFA's statement, match officials say they are ready to blow the whistle anytime soon, backing up Ace Ncobo's rant against the motherbody.

SAFA has delayed the restart of both the Absa Premiership and GladAfrica Championship after announcing that their match officials will only be match-fit by the first week of August.

The PSL had initially proposed that the football season should resume this weekend in Gauteng, but a return to football has now been pencilled in for 1 August.

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Some of the referees interviewed by reveal they have been training for the past two weeks and have been submitting their stats to SAFA to show their level of fitness.

"We were told about two weeks ago to start preparing. We have been submitting our stats to the physical trainer every Wednesday and we are surprised to [hear SAFA] say we are not fit," reveals one of the referees who wants to remain anonymous.

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Another referee says SAFA's technical committee has been monitoring their performance at training through video analysis.

"The technical committee has done very well to keep us mentally fit and there is a physical trainer to keep us on our toes through video stats," the match official explains.

"You can't do the video stats without running, before you can even do the sit-ups and push-ins.

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"I think this is only a war amongst the top brass and there is nothing to do with the fitness of match officials.

"I think every match official started running when the government started to allow individuals to jog and do running on their own without groups.

"I support the statement by Ace Ncobo to say it could take a day to test the level of fitness with the match officials. I guess we have to wait until the 1st of August to start working."

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