Referee Phelelani Ndaba and his assistant Abel Maphutha have both been handed three months suspensions by SAFA following their poor officiating in the game between SuperSport United and Bidvest Wits last weekend.
Ndaba, in consultation with Maphutha, disallowed a Wits goal during the Absa Premiership fixture which ended with 1-1, denting the Clever Boys’ title hopes – and he also failed to red card Haashim Domingo for brutally elbowing SuperSport captain Dean Furman.
The referee booked Dean Furman instead, subsequently sending him off for dissent. But sadly the player cannot appeal the decision as the rules only make an exception for mistaken identity. SAFA’s review committee met this week to asses the weekend’s matches and felt that the goal should have stood and Domingo should have been given his marching orders.
“Ndaba, who disallowed a legitimate goal, will not be appointed for three months and the SAFA Technical Committee will assign an instructor to assist him in addressing his refereeing limitations,” the statement from the mother body read.
“A report will be submitted to the SAFA referees department on his performance in the regional league matches before he is rehabilitated back into top flight football.”
Maphutha was also demoted to the lower leagues and he, too, will have his performance assessed.
Three more officials – Thokozani Mkhize, Elphas Sitole and John Landela – have also been banned from being involved in topflight matches for three months for several “poor game-changing decisions” over the past few weeks.