Cape Town - Bidvest
Wits coach Gavin Hunt believes the quality of officiating in the
Absa Premiership is affecting the amount of goals being scored.
Recently the standard of refereeing in the top tier of South African
football has fallen under the microscope with a number of poor decisions
having been made.
In Cape Town City's 1-0 win over Polokwane City, a legitimate goal
was disallowed for offside. In Wits' 1-0 victory over Orlando Pirates,
Thamsanqa Gabuza clattered into Phumlani Ntshangase while appearing to
use his arm and was not red-carded for what appeared a serious offence.
As such, Hunt takes the view that it is clear officiating isn't where it needs to be, telling reporters: "It's not good‚ hey.
"And it's not me. I mean‚ I'm pretty okay. But what you saw on Friday
night‚ and what you saw in Pirates against Cape Town City‚ things like
"I just think there are a lot of decisions being made not to award
goals. You know‚ and I just feel that the game is (about goals). Anyway,
I don't want to get too involved. It's always difficult."
Speaking about the foul on Ntshangase, Hunt added: "He is fine. I
mean he was knocked out cold there. But obviously they did whatever they
did and he came back on."
Meanwhile Hunt said he believed his side will avoid relegation despite a
start to the Premiership season that has seen his side lose three and
draw two in their opening six matches.
The reigning league champions were boosted with their first win last Saturday over Pirates at home, courtesy of Gerald Phiri's
fifth minute goal.
The Clever Boys reside in 13th place just one point
clear of the relegation places. Despite their poor placing, Hunt believes
his team have enough quality to avoid the drop.