Nedbank Cup: Former Referee Victor Hlungwani Weighs In on Pirates’ Penalty Call

Nedbank Cup: Former Referee Victor Hlungwani Weighs In on Pirates’ Penalty Call

Byron Pillay
May 28, 2023 at 9:14 AM
  • Victor Hlungwani believes that the correct decision was made when Orlando Pirates were awarded a penalty
  • The Buccaneers drew level with Sekhukhune United when Thembinkosi Lorch earned them a controversial penalty
  • Fans were divided over whether Victor Letsoalo was wrong or whether Pirates were favoured during the final

Orlando Pirates’ penalty in the Nedbank Cup final continues to dominate the news.

The Buccaneers were awarded a penalty late in the first half, but many were divided over whether the referee made the right call.

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Former referee Victor Hlungwana has weighed in on Orlando Pirates' penalty call. Image: Petri Oeschger/ @iDiskiTimes
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Victor Letsoalo was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box, but some believed Thembinkosi Lorch played the ball against his hand, Goal reported.

Thapelo Xoki scored the spot kick as Pirates drew level with Sekhukhune United before the halftime break.

Former PSL referee Victor Hlungwani has now shared his thoughts on the call and explained why it was a penalty, FarPost reported.

“The law says it’s an offence if a player deliberately touches the ball with their hands or arms. So now you saw the hands moving towards the ball, that’s number one. Number two, the ball made contact with the fingertips. So, a handball offence has been committed; that is law,” said Hlungwani.

He added that whether the player was lying down or standing up, the referee would first check whether the hands moved toward the ball.

Pirates would win the game 2-1 after Terrence Dzvukamanja scored a last-minute goal to give them their second trophy of the season.

Pirates awarded penalty against Sekhukhune

The Nedbank Cup final will be remembered for one big moment; Orlando Pirates’ penalty, Sports Brief reported.

The Buccaneers trailed Sekhukhune United before the halftime break but were awarded a spot kick, which many felt was a bad call.

The penalty was awarded after Pirates’ man Thembinkosi Lorch tried to dribble his way into the box and appeared to kick the ball against the hand of a Sekhukhune player who was injured on the ground.

Dzvukamanja grabs late winner

Terrence Dzvukamanja is Orlando Pirates’ hero.

Dzvukamanja scored a late goal to gift the Buccaneers the Nedbank Cup final in the last minute of the game.

Pirates and Sekhukhune United were level after 90 minutes, and with six minutes of time added on, it looked like the final would be headed to extra time, Sports Brief reported.

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