Goal-line technology backed

2015-06-11 06:01
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Safa referee instructor Sylvester Ndaba wants no delay in introducing goal-line technology in the Absa Premiership.

PHOTO: backpage pix Safa referee instructor Sylvester Ndaba wants no delay in introducing goal-line technology in the Absa Premiership.

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WELL-KNOWN former match official Sylvester Ndaba would welcome the introduction of goal-line technology in the Absa Premiership.

With match officials under constant scrutiny for their decisions, Ndaba feels the introduction of such technology would benefit referees, and the beautiful game.

“I love it,” Ndaba tells KickOff.com when asked about goal-line technology being introduced into the PSL.

“To be honest, I love any decision that will help make our jobs easier. I know at the top, Fifa is reluctant because its marketing strategy involves people talking about decisions for years.

“However, whether they like it or not, we started with goal-line technology and believe you me, it will move to the next level - either off-side decisions, or decisions made in the penalty area or goal area.”

Ndaba, now a Safa referee instructor, feels the hindrance against such technology is that it slows the game down. However, he insists real-time decisions can be made as is done overseas.

“They insist on real-time, and for me real-time can happen just as it is with goal-line technology - they don’t have to wait for a video-man because it can give it to you straight away, for example, a buzz on a wristwatch will tell you if it’s in or out,” he says.

Ndaba, who was critical of match officials’ performances this season, explained how referees are monitored throughout the year.

“They write examinations, called trivia tests, they have to pass at least three fitness tests in a season – if they don’t, they get dropped.

“Performance wise, each match is graded on degree of difficulty – A, B, C – in which referees are scored differently.

“So if you perform below par, it’s either you get demoted from one level to a lower level, or if you don’t perform, then you drop completely out of the system.”

Ndaba said a number of referees have been dropped over the season, yet some leniency was given due to the lack of match officials available at their disposal.

“We have dropped a lot of match officials because they failed fitness tests, have not submitted their trivia tests and have not performed, but you can’t go too hard on them as we don’t have back-up in terms of more match officials,” he said.“Nobody wants to be match officials – they want to be coaches, players or administrators.”- KickOff.com

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