5 Moments Proving South African Football Needs VAR After DStv Premiership's Weekend Action

5 Moments Proving South African Football Needs VAR After DStv Premiership's Weekend Action

Byron Pillay
updated at May 14, 2024 at 6:39 AM
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  • The Video Assistant Referee could have helped solve some crucial controversial moments
  • AmaZulu boss, Pablo Franco Martin, was frustrated by the referee after his side's latest draw
  • Tshegofatso Mabasa could have broken Lwandile Mabuya's leg but escaped without punishment

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Another weekend of action in the DStv Premiership has passed, and it was not without incident.

Six fixtures were contested during the recent weekend of action, but some of the decisions left fans questioning the standard of officiating once more.

Controversial decisions were again in the spotlight during the latest round of DStv Premiership fixtures.
There were controversial decisions in the DStv Premiership that needed VAR, including a bad tackle on Sipho Mbule and a dangerous one by Tshegofatso Mabasa. Image: @MpNkophe/ @Skhalazo_NMZ.
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Sports Brief looks at five incidents this weekend, highlighting why South Africa needs the VAR.

5 controversial decisions from DStv Premiership action

Sundowns' late winner

Mamelodi Sundowns continued on their quest to finish the season unbeaten, picking up all three points against Royal AM.

The victory didn't come easy for the reigning champions, as they had to rely on a late Peter Shalulile goal to give them the victory.

The Namibian headed home in the 85th minute, and while there was nothing wrong with his involvement, some questions surrounded Junior Mendieta's actions.

The Argentinian was offside when the ball was crossed in for Shalulile. While he had no contact with the ball, the commentator claimed he was interfering with an opponent by being in that position.

Kobedi's crunching tackle on Mbule

Sticking with the Royal AM and Sundowns fixture, the KwaZulul-Natal side were lucky not to be reduced to 10 men.

Shadrack Kobedi received a yellow card for his crunching tackle on Sipho Mbule. The Royal AM star not only was late with his tackle, but it also looked malicious.

Mabasa isn’t punished for dangerous tackle

On the topic of bad tackles, Orlando Pirates were also lucky not to be reduced to 10 men.

The Buccaneers lost 1-0 to Richards Bar, but things could have been much worse.

Pirates’ Tshegofatso Mabasa was just given a talking-to after his tackle on Lwandile Mabuya, a decision no one could understand.

Mabasa’s leg-breaking challenge drew condemnation from the commentators and pundits, but the referee saw it differently.

Mobara’s persistent fouling

Many feel that Abbubaker Mobara was lucky to stay on the field as long as he did during AmaZulu’s game against Kaizer Chiefs.

The defender committed numerous fouls, including a nasty challenge on Pule Mmodi, all while already on a yellow card.

The game finished 1-1, but Chiefs supporters felt their side should have had a chance to capitalise on a man advantage.

Mobara was eventually substituted, and the Amakhosi’s social media team ensured people knew he was on a yellow, even when he was taken off.

AmaZulu denied handball shout

The Chiefs and AmaZulu fixture also had another major talking point, which Usuthu’s head coach was unhappy about.

Pablo Franco Martin was frustrated with the refereeing after the ball hit Njabulo Ngcobo’s hand in the box, but AmaZulu were not given a penalty.

The referee explained to the coach that the foul wasn’t given as the arm was in a natural position, but Martin was not having it.

Modise: Pitso Mosimane would thrive at Kaizer Chiefs

In other DStv Premiership coverage, Sports Brief also reported that former Sundowns midfielder, Teko Modise, believes Pitso Mosimane could revive Kaizer Chiefs.

The 41-year-old, who worked with Jingles at Masandawana and Bafana Bafana, has witnessed the veteran coach's ability to turn a struggling team into a winning one.

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Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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