Retired PSL referee Victor Hlungwani has given his verdict on the controversial Orlando Pirates’ Nedbank Cup final penalty kick. Sekhukhune forward Victor Letsoalo was judged to have handled the handball inside the 18-area leading to a Pirates equaliser.

And as a result, with Sekhukhune leading by a goal to nil following Sibusiso Vilakazi’s opener in the 12th minute. The match-day referee, Thando Ndzandzeka pointed to the penalty spot—claiming that Letsoalo had seemingly touched the ball.

Buccaneers star Thembinkosi Lorch had deliberately kicked the ball towards a feeble Letsoalo having in mind to hit his hands after he had collided with Terrence Dzvukamanja in the box.

And former Premiership official Hlungwani who officiated in the division between 1992 and 2022, put it clear that the penalty was rightly given.


Speaking to LimSportsZone immediately after the match, Hlungwani insisted that Ndzandzeka was extremely right to award the Buccaneers a penalty as per the National Soccer League Handbook rules.

Retired referee gives his verdict on controversial Orlando Pirates Nedbank Cup final penalty
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“If a player deliberately touches the ball with their arm or hands, the law says it’s an offence. So now you saw the hands moving towards the ball, that’s number one. Number two, the ball made contact with the fingertips. So, a handball offence has been committed, that is law, It’s not me, it’s the law,” Hlungwani said.


“A handball offence has been committed, and the correct penalty decision was taken, it was a good decision. Whether the player is lying down or he is up, what we check is did the hands move towards the ball. So if the hands do not move towards the ball, no offence. But if they move towards the ball, it’s deliberately a hands ball.

“We don’t work with assumptions. The assisted referee saw the fingertips, he raised the flag to tell the referee and when we looked at the slow motion. We saw the fingertips and the conclusion was a good decision by the referee.”


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