Sundowns’ Manqoba gives big opinion on Rhulani Mokwena’s red card


Big games, big calls. Was Mamelodi Sundowns’ co-coach Rhulani Mokwena unfairly red-carded against Al Ahly on Saturday night?


As The South African reported on Saturday evening, Kabo Yellow claimed a huge 1-0 win over Pitso Mosimane’s Al Ahly.

The massive three points were earned thanks to a Thapelo Morena late goal and Kennedy Mweene’s sublime save in stoppage time.

Another major incident from the game was coach Mokwena’s sending-off. Mnqgithi has since suggested it was a refereeing mistake.

“No to be honest we weren’t fighting as such but the referee presumed our goalkeeper was trying to waste time. But the truth is that he was found and we tried to clear the ball out so that the goalkeeper could get attention,” Manqoba said as per iDiskiTimes.

“But he didn’t allow, he allowed Ahly to play while he saw the keeper was down, we were not faking or trying to waste time, we hardly do that. 

“And that’s basically what made us try and talk to tell them we’re not trying to waste time but we’re concerned that the goalkeeper was injured. “

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The former Golden Arrows coach said that coaches and supporters should sometimes understand that officials are human too.

According to Mngqithi, the human factor is part of football.

“With refereeing, you never want to say whether you were happy with them or not because the truth of the matter is they are also human beings that make mistakes sometimes.

“We must accept people make mistakes, they have made mistakes and we forgive because in the game of football it may favour you it may go against you.

“They are human beings and we don’t want to kill that human factor in football,” he concluded.

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