Match officials are killing the game of football: Tjongarero

15 Feb 2015 13:30pm
WINDHOEK, 15 FEB (NAMPA) - Tura Magic Football Club coach,Timo Tjongarero, had no kind words for the official after their game against Orlando Pirate on Saturday afternoon at the University of Namibia Sports Field.
Tura Magic and Orlando Pirates where scheduled to play each other at the Unam Field at 16:00, but the game only kicked off at 16:55 as the match official arrived late for the game.
The official’s late arrival for the Pirate’s and Tura Magic game was necessitated by the same officials officiating an early game between African Stars and Mighty Gunners at the Sports Klub Windhoek (SKW) Sports Field in Olympia.
After the Stars and Gunners game, the same officials then moved to the Unam Sports Field at the University of Namibia in Academia to officiate the game.
Speaking to the media after the game Tjongarero, said such behaviours is not good for the game.
“Today we warmed up three times, and that is uncalled for. I don’t know why should one arrive for the game more than an hour and thirty minutes late if you got the fixture of what game you are officiating two weeks ago, this is not on, this is really pathetic,” urged Tjongarero.
Tjongarero also added that such incidents will always hamper the game of football from developing.
“We are talking of becoming semi-professional, but the officials don’t know how to stick to the game time and one of the lines man on the far right corner was smelling of alcohol when he came into our dressing room before the game.
'I told our team manager about the incident and the fourth official came back to me and told me to establish the alcohol level on his body and how am I supposed to do that if I am not a doctor,” he stated.
When asked about the officials' performances during match, he said he was more worried about his team's performance on the day and would not comment on how the referee did in the game.
In another referee related concern, Mighty Gunners head coach, Gerhard Hengari, said he was not pleased with the way the referee handled their game against African Stars at the SKW Sports Field.
“I know referees are human and make mistakes too, but in today’s game we were supposed to get a penalty or two and the referee ignored that and this is not good at this stage of the league when all teams are currently fighting to collect three points and remain in the league,” said Hengari.
Mighty Gunners are currently 11th on the log on 23 points out of 16 games.
The head of the referee department, Edward Boy-Boy Ndjandila, told this agency on Sunday that his office received an email from the NPL on Friday moving the game from its original time.
“We only received an email after two o’clock on Friday telling us about the time change on Saturday matches and it is confusing to all of us if we do not get the same communication or if things change and the other parties are not informed,” said Ndjandila.
With the match official smelling of alcohol he said that a blood test is supposed to be performed to really determine if the official was drunk.
“Our referees are not allowed to drink alcohol ahead of their games and if they are such allegations that person blood was supposed to be taken and send for a test.
Sometimes people use perfumes and as we all know they have alcohol in them. We should avoid making such allegations,” he stated.