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Mixed emotions over referee standards

Mon, 24 November 2014 14:59
by Sports Correspondent

With the Namibia Premier League (NPL) 2014/15 season in its infant stages, some of the elite league’s decorated clubs expressed mixed feelings on the standard of referees, claiming they are sending the quality of football down the drain.
Black Africa’s (BA) most illustrious coach, Brain Isaacks, told The Villager Sport that he is very much dismayed at the manner in which some top-flight referees handle matches. He believes the standard of football is being compromised.
“Since the strike of the most experienced referees, the talent and standard of football has been on the receiving end. I think this is happening because we don’t have any say in the mater,” said Isaacks.
The lanky head coach pointed at the match between BA and Orlando Pirates, in which he questioned the merits looked at before assigning a referee to handle one the country’s most sought after derby.
“As far as I am concerned the referee on the day was sub-standard as he was restricting and killing the match. We need better qualified and experienced referees to be assigned to top level matches to ensure better performance and improved standard of football,” stressed the coach.
Unlike his counterpart, African Stars’ head coach Woody Jacobs said the referees assigned to the premier league matches did fairly well following the strike of the prominent and well experienced coaches.
He said the new lads performed well since there was no incident reported nor was there any chaos caused by the novel referees.
“I think mistakes committed are of a human nature and as humans were are bound to make mistakes and can surely be rectified,” said Jacobs.
He further said that refereeing is definitely not an easy job. Isaacks called on the leadership of referees to have a review panel that will monitor the performance of referees regularly.
Jacobs said he cannot blame the referees because of the strike of the more experienced referees during the kick-off of the current season, adding that there is enough room for improvement to take the standard of the ‘man in the black’ to another level.