Safa referee's review panel suspends eight match officials over poor performance
Fifa-accredited referee Kulasande Qongqo is amongst several top match officials suspended by the SAFA Referees’ Review Committee‚ citing poor performance in both the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and National First Division (NFD). The sanctions are with immediate effect‚ SAFA said in a statement on Friday.Qongqo was cited for “poor officiating in the Mamelodi Sundowns vs Kaizer Chiefs (16 December 2015) clash”. The ref will not be assigned any duties for a period of six weeks and has to forfeit his stipend for one month.In the same fixture‚ match commissioner George Boodhoo was found to have performed his duties poorly. He was also sanctioned for his report in the Orlando Pirates vs Platinum Stars (9 January 2016) match. Boodhoo will be sidelined for a period of four weeks.Other citings: - In the match between Kaizer Chiefs and Bidvest Wits (19 December 2015)‚ assistant referee Johannes Moshidi was deemed to have performed poorly and will not be appointed for National Soccer League matches for a period of six weeks. He will also forfeit his stipend for a period of one month.- Referee Phillip Tinyane will also be missing from action for a period of four weeks after his performance was deemed not satisfactory in the clash between Bidvest Wits and Platinum Stars (3 February 2016). - In the Free State Stars vs Bloemfontein Celtic (31 January 2016) encounter and the highly publicized top of the table clash between Kaizer Chiefs vs Mamelodi Sundowns (9 January 2016)‚ assistant referee Sandile Dilikane was found to have officiated poorly. He will not be eligible for appointments for the National Soccer League matches for a period of four weeks and will also forfeit his stipend for one month. - Referee Daniel Volgraaff will have his fitness reassessed before he can be allowed back on the field “following a string of poor decisions including incorrect interpretation and application of the Laws” in the Mbombela United vs Black Leopards (31 January 2016) clash. - Referee Victor Hlungwani’s several decisions in two matches - Orlando Pirates vs Platinum Stars (9 January 2016) and Polokwane City vs Maritzburg United (3 February 2016) - were found to be unsatisfactory. He has been set aside for a period of six weeks and further hit in the pocket with the forfeiture of his stipend for a period of one month. - Assistant referee Clifford Motaung has been suspended for four weeks after giving an incorrect decision in the Orlando Pirates vs Platinum Stars (9 January 2016) match.“These sanctions are consistent with our main objective of ensuring that our match officials remain highly competitive and sought after throughout the continent and globally‚” said Peter Sejake‚ SAFA head of Referees.Sejake said he was not worried about the big number of suspensions as there are several upcoming match officials who will fill in the gap.The suspended referees will be considered for Provincial League under the mentorship of seasoned match commissioners‚ “in an attempt to fix their mistakes”‚ the statement read.