Referee explains why he gave a penalty in the Nigeria versus Algeria World Cup qualifier clash – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 13, 2017. 14:30

After handing the Algerians a penalty against Nigeria in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Friday, Gabonese referee Eric Otogo-Castane has explained his decision.

Although it was seen as a controversial penalty, Otogo-Castane says he was guided by the new laws of the game as defender Abdullahi Shehu was adjudged to have fouled Yacine Brahaimi in the box.

The Super Eagles claimed a point as they scored through John Ogu, but the replays suggest that Shehu didn’t do much to warrant a penalty being awarded.


”Expectedly, we asked questions after the game and the referee explained to us that the decision was taken based on a newly introduced law into the game, which allows for intention to be punished”, the NFF board member told

”He interpreted Shehu’s intention to impede the man, who stayed on his feet instead of going down from the tackle. ‎

“The fact that the Algerian attacker Brahaimi didn’t go down is what made the decision to look like the wrong call according to him.

”Let’s be frank he did his best considering the atmosphere he was under and especially after turning down numerous attempt by the Algerians to con him into giving them a penalty.

”Maybe Brahaimi should have been sent off before the incident which lead to the goal, but I guess he didn’t want to lose grip of the match, which a red card to the Algerian captain would have triggered.

“It’s called game management and we understand his explanation.“

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Kaizer Chiefs coach says they gave the Absa Premiership title away – ABSA Premiership 2016/17

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday May 29, 2017. 16:30

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela says he hopes his charges have learned their lessons from the 2016/17 Premier Soccer League campaign.

Amakhosi failed to lift a trophy for the second season under the former Bafana Bafana skipper as they claimed a fourth place finish.

Although they beat Absa Premiership champions Bidvest Wits 1-0 at FNB Stadium on Saturday, Chiefs failed to qualify for the CAF club continental tournaments.

Speaking after their final match of the season, Komphela congratulated the Clever Boys as they lifted their first league trophy under coach Gavin Hunt.

“The day is theirs Wits, let them take the glory, and not cloud it by small things that you can ignore,” said Komphela.

“But congratulations to them and we will move on and look ahead to next season.

“Any explanation in football comes across as an excuse, so I will do what Steve does: keep quiet, move on do business.

“But… I think we gave it the title away. With eight matches we gave away 18 points in a manner which is not supposed to be. Eighteen plus points where we’re sitting now would have won Chiefs the trophy

“We cannot afford to give away points. There’s matches where [we] gave it away last kick, matches where we gave away lapses of concentration, missing penalties… a whole lot of mistakes.

“But as a coach, you cannot highlight those as they come across as excuses. You own up, you put up and you put it on your chest and move on.

“I hope we’ve learned lessons this season.”

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