Absa Premiership

SAFA head of referees praises Soweto derby officials

2018-10-31 14:21
Eketsang Setloboko
Eketsang Setloboko (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The South African Football Association's (SAFA) head of referees Tenda Masikhwa has praised the standard of officiating in Saturday's Soweto derby between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.

Referees have come under fire from Absa Premiership coaches for poor decisions, with Masikhwa having recently admitted that the standard of officiating across the country needs to improve.

However, he revealed that he has received positive feedback on the Soweto derby, which was refereed by Eketsang Setloboko.

Setloboko declined to award Amakhosi an early penalty for a challenge from Happy Jele on Khama Billiat, but otherwise, there were few controversial moments, if any, in terms of his afternoon - although there were some tight offside calls for his assistants to make.

"We have received massive positive feedback from all corners of the country including outside people who watched this Derby across the world," Masikhwa told SAFA's website.

"It was refreshing to see even the spectators applauding the good work of our match officials. It is rare to see referees getting such positive feedback from the public."

The Buccaneers won the game 2-1, with goals from Innocent Maela and Vincent Pule snatching the three points at FNB Stadium after Billiat's opener for the Glamour Boys.

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