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Rulani Not Happy With Downs & Refs

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena cut a frustrated figure after his side drew 1-1 with 10-men Orlando Pirates at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday evening.

The Buccaneers came from a goal down, with Thapelo Xoki equalising Marcelo Allende’s opener from the penalty spot just three minutes after falling behind.

The draw kept Sundowns lead at the top of the DStv Premiership table in tact, with Downs moving to 39 points from 15 games – nine ahead of second-placed Cape Town City and third-placed SuperSport United, and 13 ahead of Pirates in fifth spot.

After the match, Mokwena admitted he didn’t like the performance of his players, but neither how referee Thando Ndzandzeka handled the match.

“I don’t like the game today. It’s not a game of football,” Mokwena told SuperSport TV.

“First time that I don’t like my team, not at all and of course a game of football you need three good teams and I don’t like my team today, I don’t think the referees were good today.

“I never complain about referees but I don’t think they were good today. I think Pirates put up a fight…”

Mokwena was also self-critical, admitting he has look in the mirror when analysing the game.

“It starts with me, when I’m not happy with my team, I look at myself in the mirror,” he added.

“I’ve got to start with myself.”

Sundowns already return to action on Tuesday, when they will face La Masia in the Nedbank Cup.

David Kappel
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