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Mokwena – We Have VAR In The PSL? It Wasn’t A Mistake From Chavani

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena has questioned why there have been three ‘VAR’ decisions against them this season.

Mokwena stated sarcastically that Sundowns have been the only club this season where referring decisions have been overturned after ‘consultations’ reminiscent to the Video Assistant Refereeing (VAR), which us not in use in the DStv Premiership/

This over Gabadinho Mhango’s late equaliser, where he was strayed offside before Divine Lunga’s miss placed header found the Malawi striker before slotting the ball past Ronwen Williams in their 2-2 draw at Dobsonville Stadium on Monday evening.

“I didn’t chase him, he asked me to meet him in the tunnel, he didn’t want to talk on the pitch,” Mokwena said about referee Jelly Chavani.

“I don’t need an explanation, it’s the third time this season, Sundowns has VAR, the third time this season and you are not writing about it. If both goals are offside, the first and second, they’re offside, I don’t need to explain, I studied the game very well.

“I don’t have licenses for fun, I went to coaching schools, I studied, you can ask me about any law in the game, I know the laws of the game, it’s one of the most important things to know before you coach.”

Mokwena suggested that the decisions wasn’t mistakes, but deliberate and that it’s harming the reputation of the South African football product.

“It doesn’t… for me it’s South African football, everyone watches this game, worldwide, I have people from people who watch every single Sundowns game, what do you think they write about South African football? What is their perception when they see that,” Mokwena added.

“So that’s the biggest thing, it’s not to me, I’m not as important as South African football, the game will live beyond me, so what happens to the image and reputation of South African football, every week coaches complain about officials, Middendorp was complaining, they are the people I feel sorry for.

“Not for me, I feel sorry for AmaZulu, Polokwane City, Cape Town Spurs, the teams. at the bottom, we have taken points and when the referees give points to Swallows, it’s not me, I’m not as important as the game and other clubs who are fighting for their lives.

“If Richards Bay get relegated by one point, what are you going to say and then the coach gets fired? What are you going to say? You will all right he is fired and forget how he’s fired, it’s not right – but it is what it is, you see where we’re going.

“The AmaZulu coach was complaining, poor guy, I’m not going to do that, I won’t cry but will tell you as it is, unfortunately for the first time, I speak, for the first time I speak because that is very bad. It’s not a mistake, the assistant ref puts the flag for offside, and then they consult, who are you consulting? Who is Jelly consulting? You tell me. He went to the assistant ref? VAR? We have VAR in South Africa all of a sudden?

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“It’s the third time this season. I’m waiting for you guys to write it because now you must focus on things that are not football, it’s sad, you will ask me about things that are not football, are you, not football journalists? We should talk about tactics, yes we all make mistakes, my team mistakes, we make mistakes, but those decisions were not mistakes especially when there were consultations.

“You make a mistake you consult and then we must label it a mistake? No guys… that’s why players, we all do corrections, if my team makes mistakes after mistakes I must be called to the jury, I must be put to the sword if my team continues to make mistakes.

“The third team in the league, every week is making mistakes, we keep quiet, we see this thing and we keep quiet. And then the fourth official, Cedric, laughs and tells my players I have a bad heart, you also have bad hearts, what does that have to do with football?

“How disrespectful is that? It’s wrong guys, wrong to the core, there’s no excuse from that sorry.”

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.