SAFA (The South African Football Association) made a statement regarding the controversial Kaizer Chiefs goal from Samir Nurkovic in their victory over Mamelodi Sundowns. After a 2-0 defeat at Loftus Versfeld, Pitso Mosimane stood firm. The Glamour Boys benefited in that match from an incorrect refereeing decision about Nurkovic’s opener, insisting that he was offside.
Later, Mosimane attacked his counterpart, coach Ernst Middendorp, saying “He is one of the luckiest coaches ever, that goal they scored – was offside!” After this incident, the Premier Soccer League contacted the Sundowns coach. Follow Soccer 10 for more news about your favourite teams.
SAFA did no take Mosimane’s comments lightly
It seems that SAFA did not agree with the former Bafana Bafana coach. His comments regarding the SAFA Referees Review Committee were taken seriously. That weighed in on this matter, which committee took as an offence. Not long after, the Review Committee responded with “During the match, when Kaizer Chiefs’ player Reeve Frosler took the ball into the opponents’ penalty area, both Chiefs’ Samir Nurkovich and Leonardo Castro were no in the offside position. Sundowns Musa Lebusa and Chiefs’ Leonardo Castro jumped to head the ball but both of them missed.”
“Castro didn’t play or touch the ball from his teammate Frosler. Everything was evidenced by the fact that the ball never changed direction nor the trajectory. Nurkovic, who was not in the offside position when the ball was initially played by his teammate Frosler together with the fact that Castro didn’t make contact with the ball – the Assistant Referee was right in not flagging for offside, based on fact connected with Law 11 (offside).
“Then it stands to a reason that Nurkovic, in fact, did score a legitimate goal. It would be a different decision if, in any case, his teammate Castro played or touched the ball. In that situation, the goal would certainly be disallowed.”
The Premier Soccer League gave Pitso Mosimane a deadline of five days to respond to the letters sent to him to for purpose of either denying or admitting the comments attributed to him in the media. What do you think? Was the Committee’s decision rightful? Let us know what you think in the comments below. If you have troubles with your supabets coupon check, follow this link.