OPINION: The Black Leopards' equalizer was offside.
The equalizing goal scored by Black Leopards against Kaizer Chiefs in the DStv Premiership match played at Thohoyandou Stadium on Wednesday afternoon was clearly offside.
Leonardo Castro put Chiefs ahead in the 10th minute, but Tiklas Thutlwa equalised 1 minute before halftime with a goal into an empty net. Thutlwa was already in an offside position when he received the ball from Tsheamo Mashoene, according to the replay.
The assistant referee should have raised his flag for offside, but he didn't. It's beyond my comprehension why he didn't notice the offside. These are some of the blunders that have caused the league to lose credibility. The South African Football Association attempted to send the match officials on a "cooling off" period, but this did not help because the mistakes have become even worse.
The game ended 2-1 in favor of the Leopards. This result could have serious consequences for the Chiefs' bid to make the top eight. The Chiefs are in 11th place with 30 points with two games remaining. Even if they win their remaining games, they will need help from other sources to make the top eight.
The outcome is a lifeline for leopards. To avoid automatic relegation, they must win their final two games.
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