SAFA Head of Referees, Abdul Ebrahim has applauded referee Jerry Chavani for blowing his whistle to disallow Chippa United a late equaliser against Kaizer Chiefs in a penultimate Absa Premiership encounter on Wednesday night at Orlando Stadium.
Log leaders Chiefs narrowly edged nine-man Chippa 1-0, thanks to a goal by Zimbabwean international Khama Billiat.
In the 79th minute, ‘The Chilli Boys’ thought they had found the equaliser as Boikanyo Komane beat Itumelang Khune, but the goal was disallowed with fans on social media giving all sorts of interpretations.
After viewing the goal from different angles, Ebrahim says Chavani was correct in signalling a foul committed by a Chippa defender Kevin Moyo before his teammate Komane scored the ‘goal’.
This is how Ebrahim explains the incident:
“The Chippa United player, Kevin Moyo, places himself in a position to challenge for the aerial ball. He does not jump up, but instead, impedes the Kaizer Chiefs defender from contesting for the ball in the air. He uses his body to push the opposition defender onto the path of his own goalkeeper.
‘’At the same time, the Chiefs goalkeeper, Khune, comes out to challenge for the ball but collides with his own teammate who had in turn been impeded by Moyo.
‘’The referee, Chavani clearly saw the incident and blew for a foul, as Komane, a teammate of Moyo, heads the ball into the net. And the referee sounded the whistle before the ball crossed the line.
‘’The referee was 100% correct to award a free-kick against Moyo as his action was not to challenge for the ball but to challenge the player off the ball,’’ concluded Ebrahim.
Goal or no goal is the question:
– Amanda Dlamini: Goal
– Jimmy Tau: Goal
– Mark Williams: Goal
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Ebrama admits that match officials tend to make poor decisions from time to time but this time around, “the referee was 100 per cent correct.’’
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