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GLT to be used in Africa after FIFA’s approval

THE NEW Goal line technology is awaiting FIFA’s approval for use in Africa The newly introduced goal line technology (GLT) that is currently being used in Europe is yet to be adopted in Africa as it is still pending approval from the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA).

Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Technical Director, Honour Janza has said the Goal Line Technology (GTL), a European invention that came about as a result of referees rejecting goals, is underway and is being tested in Europe before it’s applied to other continents.

Speaking in an interview with the Lusaka Star, Janza said it may take some time for GLT to be introduced in Zambia due to the economic challenges being faced in the country especially in the sports fraternity.

Janza said Zambia, as well as many other African countries, had not yet been exposed to GLT because they are waiting for FIFA approval.

He explained that FIFA defines the rules of football and was therefore, looking at GLT’s usefulness and benefits to football.

Meanwhile, James Kangwa a local football player said GLT is not a bad idea especially as audiences usually suffer from doubt whether a ball has crossed the goal line or not.

"It  has been long overdue. Many goals are disallowed when they are indeed goals. We do need this technology," Kangwa said.

GLT is a technology which determines whether the ball has crossed the goal line or not in order to help the referee to call it a goal or not.

The technology consists of Hawk eye which has six or seven high-speed cameras at both ends of the stadium mounted on the roof. The cameras track the ball in flight and a computer system calculates exactly where the ball is on the pitch, sending an electronic message to a watch-like receiver worn by the match officials when it crosses the line.

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