Absa Premiership

PSL drags heels in implementing VAR technology

2019-10-01 13:15
Khama Billiat
Khama Billiat (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - After four seasons of unprecedented gloom in which glamour South African soccer club Kaizer Chiefs failed to annex a single major title, the Amakhosi right now have eased the pain of their anguished supporters by topping the Absa Premiership log table.

Lamentably, however, it is at this time due to a large extent to glaring linesmen blunders which have enabled Chiefs to win their last two Absa Premiership matches against AmaZulu (2-0) and Baroka (1-0) and add six valuable points to their revived tally and ease ahead of Bidvest Wits and Mamelodi Sundowns, in particular by four and five points, but with both these teams having two matches in hand.

It is a situation which highlights in no small measure how the PSL is dragging its heels in implementing VAR technology, which is spreading around the world and would surely have corrected the significant decisions of the erring linesmen.

In Chiefs' game against Usuthu a battling AmaZulu had the ball in the net twice with the teams locked at 0-0, but what should have been legitimate goals were vetoed by the mistakes of the flawed line official.

With a 2-0 lead late into the second half and holding their own in the exchanges in Durban it is unlikely AmaZulu would have lost the match and so eased what are already uneasy relegation problems at this early juncture of the season.

Against Baroka, Amakhosi's solitary winning goal was scored from what was clearly an off-side position - again leaving the unfortunate losers without a point from their gallant performance.

And so where were the technological Video Assistant Referees (VAR) to rectify what amounted to rank injustices?

Ask the PSL hierarchy, which seems more absorbed in devoting attention to matters like publicising its Reserve League under the guise of what is called the Diski Challenge instead of doing everything possible to eliminate referees and linesmen errors at the top level.

Admittedly, VAR would require a substantial financial outlay to put into practice, but if other countries are finding it an essential proposition there is no reason why it should not be implemented in South Africa.

And if the PSL is doing well in one particular area because of massive sponsorships and payments from the likes of Multichoice, VAR is an advancement that should be happening right here.

In the meantime, before this vital function is put into practice, the Referees' Association should be taking action against their flawed officials.

After all, when players perform unreasonably badly they are dropped as a consequence. So what about the poorly performing referees and linesman suffering a similar fate?


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Mamelodi Sundowns v AmaZulu, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 19:30
Highlands Park v Wits, Makhulong Stadium 19:30
Orlando Pirates v Polokwane City, Orlando Stadium 19:30
Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Stellenbosch v Kaizer Chiefs, Cape Town Stadium 19:30
Bloemfontein Celtic v Cape Town City, Dr Molemela Stadium 19:30
Maritzburg United v SuperSport United, Harry Gwala Stadium 19:30
Chippa United v Black Leopards, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 19:30
Baroka FC v Golden Arrows, Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
Saturday, 30 November 2019
Polokwane City v Bloemfontein Celtic, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Cape Town City v Highlands Park, Cape Town Stadium 18:00
Black Leopards v Golden Arrows, Thohoyandou Stadium 18:00
SuperSport United v Stellenbosch, Lucas Moripe Stadium 20:15
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

And the 2019/20 Absa Premiership champions will be ... ?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.