SAFA come down hard on referees


The South African Football Association has come down hard on referees that have made some costly errors in recent times, as they issued out various sanctions to match officials.

After disallowing a legitimate goal in a match between SuperSport United and Bidvest Wits last month, referee Phelelani Ndaba will not be appointed for any PSL matches with immediate effect. After consulting with his assistant referee, Ndaba disallowed the goal, even though the ball had crossed the line, which would have resulted in a Wits goal.

Ndaba, who also failed to send off Wits’ player Haashim Domingo after the violent conduct on Supersport United’s Dean Furman, will not be appointed for three months and the SAFA Technical Committee will assign an instructor to assist him in addressing his refereeing limitations.

The man who advised Ndaba that the ball had not crossed the line, assistant referee Abel Maphutha, will not be appointed with immediate effect for PSL matches for three months. His performances will be assessed by the technical department in regional league matches, amateur football, before he is brought back to the PSL.

Referee Thokozani Mkhize has been demoted to the SAB/Sasol Leagues and will not officiate PSL matches for the next three months following a string of poor decisions in the match between Golden Arrows and AmaZulu, as well as the National First Division match between Stellenbosch and TS Galaxy.

Elphas Sithole and John Landela will also not be appointed for PSL matches for the next three months. They will be monitored while officiating lower league matches.