As the 2022 edition of AFCON 2022 kicked off, a lot of controversial events have taken place in the mega event. However, on most occasions, the majority of big errors have been able to get rectified with the help of Video Assistant Referee. It must be noted that VAR is being used only for the first time for the entire duration of tournament in Africa.
Before the start of AFCON 2022, the administrative body had said in an official statement, “Previously, CAF has used VAR starting from the quarterfinals of the Total Energies Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt 2019. However, with CAF advancing with plans not only to improve the image of refereeing but also produce world class match officials in Africa, the implementation of VAR in all 52 matches in Cameroon is a step in the right direction.”
But what would have prompted the federation to take the big call? Well, an old video proves and justifies that it was indeed a basic necessity to ensure that no teams suffer because of howlers from officials and referees on the field.
Have you ever seen something like this on football field?
The footage is from an old match between Amazulu and Golden Arrows where a footballer from South Africa did something absolutely unimaginable. Bongi Ntuli (#7) was entering into opposition box and when he realized that he had lost the control of ball, he used his hands to dribble past the defenders.
After getting into a goal-scoring position as a result of his antics, the attacker drew a tackle from another defender winning a penalty for his side. The opponents were shocked with what just happened but the referee had missed the handball and with no VAR, the on-field decision stood.
Ntuli was also seen asking everyone to keep quiet and not reveal what he had actually done. He took the penalty and converted it before celebrating it in his own style, adding salt on the wounds of opposition players and fans.
Watch the video here:
“We don’t need VAR in Afcon , let the ancestors decide” pic.twitter.com/Uf0trP0EiJ
— 𝕂𝕦𝕤𝕤𝕞𝕒𝕟 (@kusssman) January 11, 2022
The players often use these antics to bluff the referees in Africa which is what would have played a huge contributing factor in CAF deciding to go ahead with VAR in all matches of the tournament.