Ebrahim in support of referee for disallowed Chippa ‘goal’ against Chiefs
Abdul Ebrahim, SA Football Association (Safa) head of referees said the disallowed goal from referee Jerry Chavani was 100 percent right. This happened in the game against log leaders – Kaizer Chiefs on Wednesday evening
After Boikanyo Komane’s goal was disallowed in the 79th minute after a foul on Chiefs goalkeeper – Itumeleng Khune.
This led to Chavani’s reaction from the public and Ebrahim confirmed that Chavani was right in signaling a foul made by the Chippa player – Kevin Moyo before his teammate -Komane put the ball into the net.
“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,” explained Ebrahim.
‘’The referee, Chavani clearly saw the incident and blew for a foul, as Komane, a team mate 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.
However, Ebrahim warned the public from jumping into conclusions and condemning match officials without adequate facts.
“Yes, match officials make mistakes but in this particular incident, the referee was 100 percent correct.’’
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