Absa Premiership

Komphela wants foreign referees in PSL

Steve Komphela (Supplied)
Steve Komphela (Supplied)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has taken a swipe at referee Phillip Tinyani after his display in the Soweto Derby, leaving Komphela to suggest that maybe the PSL should look for international referees for games of this magnitude.

Tinyani struggled to control the match, becoming a regular feature in a match where he struggled.

"I must first start by making a declaration or a suggestion that if all stakeholders, all of us, understand the importance of football and all of us are footballing people, we would always strive to elevate the game and never try to relegate the game," Komphela said.

"None of us are likely to be above the game. I am saying this that maybe it's time, at a stage where maybe, we would need to go across borders and get people who would help us with (officiating) matches. The day we do that we would elevate the game in South Africa."

Komphela and Eric Tinkler were left frustrated by the officiating in the 1-1 draw in the Soweto Derby at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

"This is a big match, whether you like it or not it can invite or keep people away from the game depending on how stakeholders treat it," Komphela added.

"Now when you have officials like this, thankfully there was no disaster. But at the rate it's going, a match of this calibre - winning and losing it is inches.

"Other people have the luxury to just throw their shoulders all over the place. Come on man. They must toe the line.

"We don't want anything special, just do what's required. If we have to go to Botswana, Swaziland, Uganda or Gabon - my Lord we would appreciate that.

"Let's kill each other on the field and let the man in the middle be the mediator."