Steve: Refs must respect our culture

Telkom Knockout

Golden Arrows coaches Steve Komphela and Mandla Ncikazi have revealed the reasons behind the tension on the field on Saturday afternoon.

Arrows assistant coach Mandla Ncikazi had to intervene between Komphela and match officials during their 1-0 Telkom Knockout win over Polokwane City at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on Saturday.

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After the match the pair revealed to the media what the main reason was behind Komphela's anger towards the officials throughout the match.

According to the two, the officials led by Nomvula Masilela on the day abused the rights of two Arrows players, Siyabonga Dube and Sibusiso Sibeko.

"When the game started, players were forced to remove their isiphandla which is a cultural thing that can't be removed, it was wrapped and it's not even dangerous. This is Africa and cultures must be respected," said Komphela.

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"You know we can't just remove isiphandla, it can destroy their lives, it's our culture as Africans. If there's something that needs to be revisited in the rules it's that part, it's against our culture and rituals, disrespect to their ancestors," added Ncikazi.

Komphela also said the referee Jelly Chavani was disrespectful in the manner he was communicating with him.

"The referee was disrespectful and I can never allow that. The manner he was communicating with me, we can never allow such in our game, regardless of his job. He must learn to respect coaches, period. He's probably in his late 20s, I didn't like his attitude."

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