Absa Premiership

Molekwa fears ref could cost him Polokwane job

Bernard Molekwa (Gallo Images)
Bernard Molekwa (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Polokwane City head coach Bernard Molekwa admits he's worried about losing his job, with his situation exacerbated by poor match officiating.

Rise and Shine lost 1-0 to Cape Town City on Friday night to make it four defeats in a row while the team has sunk into the relegation zone.

Molekwa watched from the sidelines as referee Cedrick Muvhali initially over-ruled the linesman's incorrect decision to disallow a goal by Lehlohonolo Majoro.

But following protests from Polokwane, who had heard the whistle blow before Majoro scored, Muvhali decided to change back to the initial decision to not award the goal.

However, deep into added time, he appeared to try and balance out the earlier blunder by his assistant as he pointed to the spot after a very debatable hand ball by Thapelo Tshilo, with Majoro scoring the winner with his 97th minute penalty.

"The game looked like (it was going to end in) a draw. Unfortunately, the referee is the one who decided the result by giving the penalty. If you check it well, it was not even a penalty. Some of the decisions I don't think were good," said Molekwa. 

"They (referees) are not aware that these kinds of decisions cost the coach's job. 

"He (Muvhali) will be going home smiling. He will be feeding his kids or his family and I will be losing my job. 

"It's not good. If I lose fairly and lose my job I would go to the mirror and say 'It's fine, I failed.' But if someone decides it for you that is not good at all," he added.

Adding to Molekwa's concern has been regular speculation of late that former Chippa United coach Dan Malesela is set to replace him.