This season, the assistant referees’ judgments on Kaizer Chiefs offsides calls have brought their decisions into the spotlight. However, Kaizer Chiefs have felt the brunt, being caught offside on four occasions already.
Two of these Kaizer Chiefs offsides calls came in successive matches against Sundowns.
Retired referee Hlungwani has suggested that Sundowns should not have been allowed to score at least two goals. This adds fuel to the fire.
He provided a detailed analysis of a specific incident at Lucas Moripe Stadium. He emphasized a situation where Shalulile was in an offside position due to a pass from his teammate. Retired Hlungwani questioned the legitimacy of the goal.
In light of these controversies, concerns are rising among Kaizer Chiefs supporters. There is a call to reevaluate the appointment of Abongile Tom as the official for Chiefs’ games, with allegations that Tom harbors bias against the team.
In past matches, particularly the clash against Orlando Pirates last season and a recent encounter with Sundowns, where referees denied a clear penalty and allowed an offside goal, leaving supporters discontented, instances have cited.
The recent controversies raise important questions about the fairness and accuracy of officiating in the South African Premier League.
Fans and stakeholders are urging officials to conduct a thorough review of the refereeing system to ensure that teams judge impartially and uphold the integrity of the game.
The debate surrounding these Kaizer Chiefs Offsides calls is likely to continue. Indeed, the debate emphasizes the need for transparent and consistent decisions in the sport.