Highlands Park head coach Owen Da Gama was left fuming on Tuesday night following their 1-0 Absa Premiership defeat to Orlando Pirates.
The source of Da Gama’s anger came from yet another embarrassing officiating by the referees.
Referee Abongile Tom failed to give Pirates striker Tshegofatso Mabasa a straight red card following his leg-breaking tackle on Highlands player, Lindokuhle Mbatha, who was later taken off because of the injury.
Mabasa later on went to benefit from the horrific officiating by second assistant referee Buyisile Ngqambiyana who failed to disallow his 80th minute goal even though he was miles offside.
“First and foremost, 3 meters offside and the whole world saw it and it’s the very same linesman whom in the first half Pirates headed the ball and he raised his flag for offside. When I confronted him at half time, he said it was a mistake, I mean please guys,” said Da Gama.
“You know guys let’s not take anything away from Pirates, congratulations to Pirates they played well, but I think this linesman (Luvuyo Pupuma) and the referee (Abongile Tom) I thought they did a good job.
“But that linesman on the other side I think he should go to jail guys.
You can’t do that at this level, people’s lives are at stake here. Players are working for their families; they are working hard for the whole week for somebody to do something like that,” he continued.”
“I mean if it’s a 50/50 you can understand but a 3m like that? That is shameful for football in our country and something has to be done about this.
“But I am not taking anything from Pirates – it’s not Pirates fault. Take nothing away from Orlando Pirates, but there is a bitter pill to swallow. Shamefu,” lamented Da Gama.
By Ofhani Munyai