'It was a Good lesson'

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Coaches who attended the first day of a week-long seminar organised by the Premier Soccer League on the laws of the game on Monday have described it as an eye-opener.

The seminar, which was attended by coaches and captains from Absa Premiership and National First Division clubs from Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo, is aimed at creating improved dialogue between match officials, commissioners, coaches and teams.

Premiership first-timers Bay United from Port Elizabeth also attended the seminar.

Others who attended include South African Football Association (Safa) referees and review committee members, and match commissioners.

Moroka Swallows coach, Julio Leal, praised the initiative.

"This is the kind of an event that we need to hold at the beginning of every season. It provides all of us with a chance to express our feelings," Leal said.

Harry Nkosi, the coach of National First Division club Witbank Spurs, said the seminar opened his eyes on many things about the laws of the game of billions.

"I learned that I must not shout at the match officials when I disagree with them because there are channels to challenge their decisions," Nkosi said.

Ali Akan, FC AK's mentor, called on the PSL to organise the seminars regularly.

Said PSL chief executive Kjetil Siem afterwards: "I am very impressed with the commitment shown by the teams."

Another seminar was due in Cape Town yesterday, Bloemfontein hosts theirs today and Durban tomorrow.

Meanwhile, chairman of Safa's referees' review committee Steve Goddard and PSL prosecutor Zola Majavu could not be reached yesterday to comment on developments regarding the incidents of dangerous tackles.

The cases include the sending off of SuperSport United forward Fikru Teferra who had deliberately trampled July Mahlangu in the neck in their 2-1 win over Thanda Royal Zulu on Sunday.

Kaizer Chiefs' goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, on the other hand, was unpunished by referee Jonas Nhlapo after he kicked Morgan Shivambu of Moroka Swallows in their 0-2 defeat by their Soweto rivals, also on Sunday.

Sowetan also wanted clarity on the latest in the case of Mamelodi Sundowns defender Shere Lekgothoane whose dangerous kick to the ribs of SuperSport United forward Anthony Laffor last month resulted in Laffor being hospitalised.