Mngqithi – The Officials Did Not Do Their Part
DStv Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns’ co head coach Manqoba Mngqithi was not happy with the officiating in his team goalless draw against Swallows on Saturday.
Mgqithi says though it was a good game, and said Swallows had them on the back foot for a time in the first half.
“I think it was a very good match,” Mngqithi said after Saturday’s game.
“First half Swallows had very good buildups, they forced us onto our back foot. But towards the end of the first half, we started putting our first foot forward and pushing them. And we came back stronger enough and forced them to play a lot of long balls from their goalkeeper.”
Mngqithi says though that though Thando Ndzandzeka and his officiating team in this game did not protect the players.
“But this is one match, I feel the officials did not do their part, because there were many leg breaking injuries that I saw, tackles that were flying on over.
“The first one was Cheese on Modiba, another one Matlaba on Vila and the other one there Mothobi. And Cheeseboy, those are leg breaking situations.
“And you’ve got two penalties, where Peter was was fouled in the box and Vila was fouled in the box, to go to the opposite side you see the same thing. There was a clear penalty at the end of the match that Swallows should have got. And I’m not talking about penalties that must come to Sundowns only, I’m just saying the officials have got a responsibility to make sure that they protect the players and they run the game properly.
“But today, honestly speaking, I don’t think the officiating really, really served the purpose.