Kaizer Chiefs will play their first match in which VAR will be used when they face Wydad Casablanca in Morocco tomorrow night, in the first leg of the Caf Champions League semi-finals.
The North Africans have always been a force, but with questionable officiating helping their cause at times. Chiefs’ defender Daniel Cardoso said it is a good initiative.
“I know that in Africa there is quite a bit of cheating,” Cardoso said in his pre-match media address.
“It is a good initiative. It shows that teams cannot cheat blatantly, and the referees can’t get paid on the side and all of that.”
Morocco has been the first African country to use VAR in the Botola Pro League, where Wydad lead the standings by three points with eight games to play. Tomorrow’s game will have Senegalese referee Maguette Ndiaye in charge of the whistle, while Bakary Papa Gassama from The Gambia will oversee the video technology.
Worth noting is the fact that in the two games that Chiefs have already played against Wydad this term, they have had three of their players sent off. Kick-off tomorrow is scheduled for 9 pm (SA time).
Meanwhile, the Premier Soccer League have communicated that the scheduled promotion/relegation play-off fixtures have been postponed indefinitely as clubs await a final outcome on the disputes between Sekhukhune United and Royal AM.
Chippa United and Richards Bay FC were scheduled to meet in the play-offs at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium this afternoon. However, due to ongoing appeals the fixtures will not go ahead until the PSL gains clarity on the way forward.