Golden Arrows coach Steve Komphela has lashed out at referee Jelly Chavani for what he refers to as sheer arrogance and disrespect to the elders.
Chavani was in charge when Abafana Bes’thende defeated Polokwane City 1-0 in the Telkom Knockout encounter at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on Saturday.
But things got hostile when Komphela reacted to what looked like a foul against the opposition. The 23-year-old referee did not take kindly to Komphela’s reaction issuing him with a yellow card and asking him to get into the field to officiate himself.
“No, bebengi delela (he was disrespecting me). I gave (my assistant) Mandla (Ncikazi) problems today.
“I am sure Mandla is tired not only from watching the match, it was more of a Viktor Bondarenko situation. You remember Bondarenko at (Moroka) Swallows? They used to hold him and drag him (from arguing with match officials) and I am not that kind of person,” stated Komphela.
“But when an official comes to you and ask if you want a whistle. Listen, when a foul happens it is natural that we scream but if he asks if we want a whistle that’s sheer arrogance and I cannot accept arrogance. Arrogance is disrespect, I just wanted to put that across to him and even when he gave me a yellow card it was at the back of that.
“Now I am saying to the youngster, he just came back from MDC (Multichoice Diski Challenge). This guy has been doing MDC matches,” Komphela continued.
“Listen, we don’t want to come out and sound arrogant, but we have been here for so long and we have interacted with top referees and they have respected us. You can’t come here and want to bully us; we want him to grow but his growth must not be at the expense of riding on our backs and scratching on our backs. How old is this guy? 20? 20-something? He is a kid and he must respect people.”
There have also been media reports that before the match, Chavani forced right-back Siyabonga Dube and striker Sibusiso Sibeko to cut off their iziphandla (ancestral goat-skin armlet) even after the pair’s plea with him to cover them.
By Ofhani Munyai