Lucky Lekgwathi's challenge to SAFA over referees ahead of Soweto Derby


Orlando Pirates legend Lucky Lekgwathi has shared the two officials he believes are strong enough to handle the pressure of this weekend's Soweto Derby, which will take place at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.

It is the first of two fixtures between Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs in the space of a week as the two sides will face each other again in the league next weekend.

Lekgwathi says the fans are hungry for fairness from officials, and whoever will be in charge of Saturday's encounter must be someone well-experienced in officiating.

"Fair game because of obvious reasons, supporters want to watch a fair game," he said.

"Right now there's the challenge of referees in the league, there's so many mistakes but we can't be hard on them, they are human too.

"Some of them are still new, same like us when we were still new in football especially in the Derby. You get nervous in those kind of matches, which is why I believe they should give this game to a senior official."

The former Buccaneers skipper revealed the two officials he believes qualify to be in the middle on Saturday, as it will be a very tough encounter with huge pressure and so much at stake.

"We need a referee who has been there for years and can deal with the pressure of this derby, referees like Victor Gomes and Victor Hlungwani. Those are the people I feel can be right for this Derby."

Gomes is not available as he is officiating at the FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil.