Mamelodi Sundowns’ Mngqithi cries foul after Swallows FC draw: Against Orlando Pirates there was blatant penalty

The experienced tactician explained that their game plan worked in the first-half as they were leading during the half-time break

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Manqoba Mngqithi was left seething in anger after they drew with Swallows FC on Saturday afternoon.

Masandawana were held to a 1-1 draw by the Beautiful Birds in a PSL match which was played at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Tshwane.

Sundowns opened the scoring through Kermit Erasmus’ first-half goal, but Swallows equalized through Musa Nyatama in stoppage time and Mngqithi feels the equalizer should have been flagged for offside.

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The 50-year-old tactician was unhappy about the officiating on the day and he gave an example of the recent original Soweto Derby clash in which Orlando Pirates midfielder Fortune Makaringe was fouled in the box by Swallows’ Tlakusani Mthethwa, but Bucs were denied a clear penalty. 

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“We had planned to push them like that in the first-half with the high press and the goal was the outcome of that high press,” Mngqithi told SuperSport TV.

“In the dying minutes of the game they played more to look for spaces behind unlike their normal combination play and we got punished from that situation.

“But honestly I think it was a very big offside, I have not seen it but in my mind I’m saying are they benefitting? Because even against Pirates there was a blatant penalty, even today they blatant the offside which I think the linesman was in line with it.

“But in football, you must accept these things but it looks like they are benefitting, I just want to see more because they’ve got a lot of penalties on their side.

“But truth be told they’re a good team and their coach has worked very hard in the team, they are playing very good football,” he added.

“Second-half they were playing a little bit uncharacteristic of themselves just because they played a lot of long balls.

“But they’re a good team, we were unfortunate not to win this one, I believe we did everything in our power to win.”

Why does it matter & what’s the bigger picture? Swallows’ late goal denied Sundowns a chance to open a three-point lead at the top of the league standings with 13 matches played.  Sundowns remained at the top of the standings – level on points with second-placed Swallows and both teams are still undefeated this season. The draw extended Masandawana’s winless run to three matches in the league having registered three successive draws against SuperSport United, Bloemfontein Celtic and Swallows. The Sundowns technical team will be relieved that Kermit Erasmus ended the Tshwane giants’ two-match goal drought having failed to score against SuperSport and Celtic.  Masandawana’s next match is on January 27 against Black Leopards, who have the joint second-worst defence in the league having conceded 19 goals from 12 matches.Kermit Erasmus & Themba Zwane, Mamelodi Sundowns, January 2021 Further reading

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