The introduction of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) will benefit the country, according to Kaizer Chiefs coach Arthur Zwane.
Mzansi is one of the countries yet to use the technology system which reviews decisions made by the match referee and his assisting referees.
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According to local reports, VAR was supposed to have been tested during the Carling Black Label Cup at FNB Stadium on Saturday.
But that could not happen as it was held back by the world governing body Fifa, who were not informed in time, and the approval wasn’t granted.
Speaking after his team lost 6-5 on penalties against Orlando Pirates following a goalless draw in regular time in the Beer Cup semi-final, Zwane said he wasn’t aware VAR was supposed to be tested this weekend.
“I did not know (about VAR). But I think we need that,” said Zwane.
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“But for me at some point, I think it delays the game. It kills the momentum because we will have to wait when there’s something that has happened (and VAR has to make a ruling).
“But we are trying to take the game to another level and we’ll allow it (VAR) to take place. That would be a plus for South African football.”
If the system had been used on Saturday, Amakhosi might have been the first team to benefit after being denied what appeared to have been a good goal disallowed against Pirates.
Striker Ashley Du Preez scored what looked to be a legitimate goal, but he was flagged offside. Zwane said he would not criticise the match officials as they also make mistakes.
“It’s part of the game (to be denied goals). I don’t want to complain about referees,” added Zwane.