THEMBINKOSI Biyela, coach of Vodacom Promotional League campaigners Lusitano FC, feels someone is out to sabotage their plan to gain promotion to the National First Division.
This came after their match against Yebo Yes was postponed when an assistant referee failed to show up. The match was due to take place in Mayfair, Johannesburg, on Saturday. Only last week, Biyela had told Sowetan that four of their matches had been postponed after match officials had failed to show up.
"We should have played Yebo Yes on Saturday at 1pm but the referee's assistant did not pitch up. The match commissioner tried to call him but his phone was off. I'm starting to think that someone is doing this on purpose to distract our plans to qualify for the playoff," Biyela said yesterday.
"I have confidence in my players, that they can win the playoffs and play in the First Division. We have been doing well in our league matches so someone could be trying to disrupt our momentum.
"All these delays will mean we'll have to play catch-up matches and it is going to be taxing for us."
Steve Goddard, who deals with referees in the Promotional League and is chairperson of Safa's referee review committee, told Sowetan he was aware of the problems but could not comment further because he was attending a meeting.
"There are matches that have been postponed due to the (un)availability of match officials but I'm not aware of the specific matches," he said.