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Mokwena On Refereeing – It’s Really Shocking

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena has opened up on the refereeing decisions in his side’s goalless draw with Polokwane City.

Masandawana dropped points in their final DStv Premiership game on Saturday, despite Peter Shalulile finding the back of the net in the second half.

However, after a discussion with her assistant referee, Akhona Makalima opted to overrule her initial decision and rule out the goal.

Mokwena was clearly upset with the officiating after the match, but opted to try and bite his tongue.

“This is probably going to be the shortest press conference ever because I don’t want to get into trouble,” he said in his opening remarks.

“The least I say, the better. I’ve seen some amazing things this whole week in South African football.

However, the presser went on for quite some time and Mokwena was also asked about Shalulile’s ruled out goal, saying SA football is “in trouble” due to several questionable decisions off late.

“I think Mshishi’s situation here in the first half is a situation that leads to a goal,” he replied.

“And then the game is different. If the opponent stays at 0-0 and they are clearly here for a 0-0 and the longer it goes 0-0, of course we’re going to have a problem.

“We struggled a little bit with the rhythm and tempo, at times in the first half. I think if we make… I don’t like to talk about refereeing decisions, I don’t like to but that situation changes the game completely.

“For it not to even be a foul is shocking, is really shocking. Then the game goes 0-0, then it’s fouls, then it’s time-wasting, then it’s this, then it’s that…

“It’s sad that we have to close 2023 with the South African public having to witness that. That for me is poor advertisement for South African football in general.

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“But let’s not be greedy, let’s take the point and move on.”

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.