Flames midfielder Robert ‘Baggio’ Ng’ambi on Wednesday scored a controversial goal during a South African Premier Soccer League match, raising calls for goal line technology in the rainbow nation.
During the match in which Ng’ambi’s Platinum Stars were playing Kaizer Chiefs, the Malawian’s shot hit the underside of the post and then bounced on the line before Kaizer goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune collected the ball.
The referee pointed towards the centre circle signalling a goal but TV replays showed that the ball did not cross the line.
However, the controversial goal has raised calls for the introduction of goal line technology in South Africa
But organizers of PSL said there are no plans to implement the goal line technology as it is expensive and there are many important things the league should focus on.
PSL communications manager Luxolo September told South African media that there have been some discussions on goal-line technology in South Africa but it has been deemed expensive.
“We are not implementing it” said September. “In Africa you have to look at what is more important, goal line technology or the development of other things to better the game.”
The game between Platinum stars and Kaizer Chiefs ended 1-1, taking Ng’ambi’s side to fourth position on the PSL log table with four points. The current league are Gabadihno Mhango’s Bidvest Wits.