Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
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13 Apr 2016
2:27 pm

Leave referees to do what they are trained for – Baroka coach

Sibongiseni Gumbi

Despite his team losing two points through what may be called a “soft penalty”, Baroka FC coach, Kgoloko Thobejane says he is not one to complain about refereeing and would rather stick to what he knows than interfering other people’s jobs.

Kgoloko Thobejane, coach of Baroka. ©Muzi Ntombela/Backpagepix

In Sunday’s game, Baroka‘s opponents, Mbombela United equalised in stoppage time through a questionable penalty, a free invitation for any coach to have a go at the referee. But Thobejane has a different and perhaps refreshing opinion on the matter of refereeing that seems to be a constant irritation to many coaches.

“I am not a referee. I am a coach – that is my competency. The referees do their jobs and never interfere in mine, so I cannot tell them whether they are doing theirs’ right or wrong.

“My job is to make my team play well and win. Let’s just say you were to say the referee was bribed. But did he take my player’s foot and put it on the opponent’s leg?

“If I, and my players do our jobs correctly, then even if a referee is bribed he cannot be able to influence the result,” explained Thobejane.