Flames midfielder Robert Ng’ambi made headlines in South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) on Wednesday after scoring a controversial goal that helped Platinum Stars earn a point against Kaizer Chiefs.
According to Soccer Laduma, Stars drew first blood at FNB Stadium through Ng’ambi’s shot in the 20th minute before Pule Ekstein restored parity for the Amakhosi in the 72nd minute for the game to end one-all.
The draw has taken the Stars to fourth place on the log-table with four points from two games, the same number of points and games as Gabadinho Mhango’s Bidvest, who are second.
Orlando Pirates are at the summit with six points from two straight wins.
“Stars took the lead in some what controversial circumstances when a 22-yard shot from N’gambi was adjudged to have crossed the goal-line after striking the crossbar and bouncing away from goal,” the online publication explained.
“Television replays showed that the ball had in fact not crossed the goal-line, but the referee had already awarded the goal to Stars.”
Stars’ coach Cavin Johnson also seemed to have agreed that it was not a goal, although he was not clear which goal he was referring to because Henrico Botes’ goal was ruled out for offside.
“I think we scored two goals in the first half. I believe one was not a goal but the other was a goal. So sometimes this game is about luck and that was the luck we got,” Johnson told SuperSport.
Nevertheless, Ng’ambi, who is fourth on the scorers chart with two goals, was pulled out in the 62nd minute for Thamsanqa Gwabeni after seemingly sustaining an injury.