Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has landed in hot water, after comments made regarding match officials.
The build-up to the Tshwane giants’ 2-0 defeat to Kaizer Chiefs was dominated by sound bites attributed to the ex-Bafana mentor, who voiced out concerns over the standard of refereeing in matches involving his opponents.
He was also vocal following the match, crying foul over one of Samir Nurkovic’s two goals on the day, repeating his sentiments that Amakhosi were benefiting from poor refereeing.
These comments have drawn the attention of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) who have sent Mosimane letters in relation to them.
“The Premier Soccer League (PSL) prosecutor has written to Mamelodi Sundowns and head coach Mr Pitso Mosimane in relation to the comments attributed to him on match officials,” the League confirmed on Twitter.
“The League prosecutor has given Mr Mosimane five days to respond to the letters sent to him to either deny or admit the comments attributed to him in the media.”
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Safa in disagreement with Mosimane
Meanwhile, the South African Football Association (Safa) has also chimed in on Mosimane’s latest bone of contention, the opening goal scored by Nurkovic on Saturday.
The Sundowns coach had expressed that he felt that the goal should not have been allowed to stand, as he felt the Serbian striker was in an offside position when he tapped in for the opener.
PSL takes exception to comments made by Pitso Mosimane
In a statement issued out on Tuesday, Safa came to the defence of the match officials on the day, saying the sixth-minute strike was legitimate.
“Nurkovic who was not in an offside position when the ball was initially played by his teammate Frosler and that Castro did not make contact with the ball, the Assistant Referee was correct in not flagging for offside, based on fact connected with Law 11 (Offside).
“It then stand to reason that Nurkovic scored a legitimate goal. It would have been a different decision had his teammate Castro played or touched the ball, then the goal would have been disallowed in that instance.”
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Sundowns remain second in the league standings, behind Chiefs, who are now five-points clear at the top of the table.
Mosimane’s charges are next in action on Sunday, as they travel to Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium for a Telkom Knockout quarterfinal clash against Chippa United.
Kaizer Chiefs made perhaps the biggest statement yet in their title chase on Sunday, but coach Ernst Middendorp has called for everyone involved not to get carried away.
Amakhosi claimed the big scalp of reigning league champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, beating them 2-0 at Loftus Versfeld to consolidate their spot at the top of the table.
This gave them their seventh league victory of the season, extending the gap between the two sides to a healthy five points.
Kaizer Chiefs still setting the pace in title race
The result has, without a doubt, proven that Chiefs are the team to beat in the title race, but their German mentor has downplayed the significance of the feat.
“It’s only three points, but on the other hand for the club to build a brand and reputation of possessing a winning mentality is important,” Middendorp told SuperSport after the game.
“There are so-called ten habits of confident people, and I think we displayed this by showing confidence, taking action and by putting in a display with purpose. I think we’re on the right track if everybody keeps their feet on the ground and not get ahead of ourselves.
“Our attention shifts to our next game on Saturday, a big game against Orlando Pirates where we are expecting another big crowd in Durban. So we’ll prepare ourselves.”
The match was not without its fair share of controversy, with Sundowns coach, Pitso Mosimane calling into question some of the calls made by the referee.
Both goals were scored by striker Samir Nurkovic, whose first goal came under scrutiny, with some – including Mosimane – feeling it should have been called offside.
He did, however, give credit to Kaizer Chiefs for pulling off the result.
“They have a fight. They’ve come back from 1-0 down to win 2-1 (in previous matches). I mean, we have to give them credit.”
Meanwhile, Middendorp told the Kaizer Chiefs website that he was pleased with the three points.
“Beating Sundowns in their backyard is good for the motivation of the team. We were clinical in the box and used our opportunities. We were more clinical than Sundowns. I am happy with the three points and maintaining the position on top of the log,” he said.
Chiefs take a bit of a breather before playing three matches in the space of seven days – a period that will see them square off against rivals Orlando Pirates on consecutive Saturdays.
The first Soweto Derby is Saturday’s Telkom Knockout quarterfinal at Moses Mabhida Stadium, followed by a league clash at FNB Stadium.
Both matches kick off at 15:30 (SAST).