Patrice Motsepe steps into furore surrounding standard of referees in Africa after Bafana controversy

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CAF president Patrice Motsepe on Friday sensationally waded in on the standard of referees on the African continent after the recent Bafana Bafana penalty controversy against Ghana.

FIFA are in the process of deliberating an official complaint by SAFA who sensationally alleged that the recent defeat to Ghana in a World Cup qualifier was "manipulated".

SAFA lodged an official complaint after Senegalese referee Maguette Ndiaye awarded a dubious penalty to the Black Stars that ended South Africa's World Cup qualification hopes.

=7. Siphiwe Tshabalala, Steven Pienaar, Mbulelo Ma
=7. Siphiwe Tshabalala, Steven Pienaar, Mbulelo Mabizela, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Dean Furman, Andile Jali, Tokelo Rantie & Teboho Mokoena – 2 goals each
2. Philemon Masinga – 6 goals
2. Philemon Masinga – 6 goals
=5. Benni McCarthy – 3 goals
=5. Benni McCarthy – 3 goals
=5. Delron Buckley – 3 goals
=5. Delron Buckley – 3 goals
4. Sibusiso Zuma – 4 goals
4. Sibusiso Zuma – 4 goals
1. Shaun Bartlett – 7 goals
1. Shaun Bartlett – 7 goals
3. Bernard Parker – 5 goals
3. Bernard Parker – 5 goals

Speaking at a CAF general assembly in Cairo, Motsepe admitted that the standard of refereeing in Africa needed drastic improvement.

"We are going to invest in the competitions because our competitions are everything.

"I had a very good meeting the other day with one of our biggest sponsors.

"He said to me Patrice please we must start the games on time. Games must be played on pitches that are world-class.

"We must make sure that the millions of people in Africa and across the world who are passionate about the game that when they watch matches it needs to be an exciting experience.

"That’s why the announcement that we’re making today regarding referees is critically important.

"Africa has got good referees, we've got world-class referees. We’ve also got referees who are not so good.

"Then we’ve also got referees who are even further from not so good, but they all try.

"We want to train them, and also pay them good money and look after them.

"So that they can make a career out of being referees."

Recently four Ghanaian referees were suspended after multiple complaints were lodged against the four match officials.

At home, the DStv Premiership has also been plagued by high-profile errors by match officials.

Motsepe added at the general assembly that CAF would now invest in professionalising the referee trade to improve the standard of competitions.