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Koller Questions Ref After Defeat To Downs

Al Ahly head coach has questioned the match official over a late penalty shout in his side’s 1-0 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns in the African Football League semi-final first leg.

Al Ahly left South Africa empty-handed after Thapelo Maseko’s goal put Masandawana in a good position ahead of the second leg in Cairo on Wednesday.

Koller lamented his side’s mistake ahead of Maseko’s goal and was adamant the referee should’ve at least contacted the Video Assistant Referee over a late penalty incident.

“I think we worked well in the defensive in the first half and we close all the rooms and spaces,” he said after the match.

“What we were lacking was when we have the ball, we needed to be more calm and create more in the offensive. I tried to correct that during the half-time talk in the dressing room.

“Unfortunately we got a goal very early in the second half through a mistake from us. I think it was unnecessary and we needed to be more focussed.

“After this goal the game was equal and we tried to push on. I think we should have earned a penalty by the end of the game. I don’t know why the referees in Africa don’t contact the VAR. There is VAR and they don’t contact it in such situations.

“It was very obvious for me and I think it’s very necessary for the referees to contact the VAR, especially when with anything suspicious happens in the box but he didn’t do this and I don’t understand why.”

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