President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Patrice Motsepe says improving the standard of refereeing is one of their focal points as Africa’s football controlling body.
This comes in the wake of an appeal that the South African Football Association has lodged following poor officiating and potential match-fixing in the recent 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier between the Black Stars of Ghana and Bafana Bafana.
CAF and the world soccer governing body FIFA have both approved the use of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in the final play-off round of Africa’s qualifiers next month.
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Meanwhile, Motsepe says CAF has confirmed the use of VAR in next year’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon.
“There should be no tolerance and no patience in fact as far as the introduction of VAR is concerned and this is one of the emergency issues to make sure that not a single major football game takes place in Africa without var.
We are getting officials, we are getting people training them more and introducing quite urgently what is known as light VAR.
But you should lose because the other club or the other team was the better team on the day, and you should not lose because some mistakes were made and of course referees are human, they make mistakes and the VAR will help but the proper training will assist immensely.”