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A former Super Eagles star Jay-Jay Okocha have hailed the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) for giving a goal to South Africa in a quarter-final game against Nigeria at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Concise News reports that VAR was introduced at the quarter-final stage of the AFCON in Egypt.

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During the clash with Nigeria on Wednesday, the linesman disallowed South Africa’s Bongani Zungu’s goal for offside.

However, upon consultation of the VAR, the Bafana Bafana were awarded the goal to peg back the West Africans (1-1).

Speaking as a guest analyst on Super Sports after the game, Okocha who won the competition in 1994, described VAR as a welcome development.

“At first, I thought it was an offside goal, but then when we saw the VAR replay it was obvious that the ball came off the back of Odion Ighalo which automatically put South Africa’s Zungu onside position,” he said.

“So, it was legitimate at the end of the day and it rightly stood even though the linesman had initially ruled the goal as offside.

“That’s the beauty of VAR. A lot of people have been criticising the newly introduced technology, but the truth is that no one wants to go home feeling cheated.

“This is why we need technology in football now because the game has become a lot quicker than what it used to be and with the ordinary eyes you can’t really get everything.”