Chippa United boss Siviwe Mpengesi calls for introduction of VAR

Chippa United owner Siviwe Mpengesi has called for the introduction of VAR to the DStv Premiership.

The Chilli Boys are currently sitting in a comfortable seventh place on the league standings.

But with just three wins from their opening ten games, the club are close to being caught up by a number of teams.

They last drew 1-1 with AmaZulu in the league at the weekend after a 2-1 Carling Knockout Cup defeat to Stellenbosch and goalless Premiership draw with Swallows.

Mpengesi felt his club was denied legitimate goals against both Usuthu and the Dube Birds and the use of Video Assistant Referees would have picked up the errors.

Part of a statement from the Chippa boss on FARPost read: “In recent matches, outcomes for Chippa United FC have spotlighted the pressing concerns within the officiating system under SAFA’s stewardship.

“In our matches against AmaZulu FC and Moroka Swallows FC, two goals were disallowed which led the club to miss out on four pivotal points due to decisions by assistant referees.

“Their role is pivotal to upholding the game’s fairness, and recent misjudgments underline a stark need for enhancement. As Chippa United FC, we are not asking for favours. Losing is part of the game, and usually, the most prepared team wins.

“However, even the best-prepared teams can be affected by unexpected decisions from match officials. Reflect on the 2023 MTN semi-finals: with more accurate officiating or the presence of VAR, we might have witnessed a Kaizer Chiefs vs. Orlando Pirates showdown in the MTN final.

“The referee did offer an apology, but the damage had already been done. Such a colossal cup derby would not just be a landmark in South African sporting history, but it would also have provided a substantial economic uplift.”

“I do not speak just on behalf of Chippa United FC but every club from grassroots football to the premiership as each club has its own experience and unique story.”