“And finally Sundowns got a penalty…” Pitso Mosimane crows after pipping Chicken Inn
Posted: 28 February 2016 Time: 11:41
While his counterpart at Chicken Inn, Joey Antipas insists; “the penalty was not penalty,” Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane says “the referee was very brave” to award the 95th minute penalty that sent the Brazilians through to the next round of the CAF Champions League.
“And finally Sundowns got a penalty after 22 games … and Khama Billiat, the most fouled player in the League got the penalty; it’s unbelievable!” Mosimane crowed after substitute Katlego Mashego converted the spot-kick that sent Sundowns through on a narrow 2-1 aggregate.
Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, Sundowns led the match in Tshwane from the 35th minute, when Wayne Arendse headed in Billiat’s free-kick. And though their ‘CBD’ attack clicked in the second half, Downs goalkeeper Denis Onyango had to be at his best to keep the Zimbabweans at bay in the 83rd minute.
With the teams still level on aggregate deep into stoppage time, Antipas believed his strategy of playing for penalties was about to pay off.
“We were prepared to go to a penalty shoot-out and in that lottery you never know …” Antipas says.
“The guys who have watched the televised replay say it was not a penalty. I thought it was a collision because one of our players got injured during the accident.”
Mosimane begs to differ: “The referee doesn’t know Sundowns, he doesn’t care; he just had a whistle in his mouth and blew consistently. You know, touch the player, foul.
“The referee blew consistently for us and for them,” Mosimane adds, while suggesting Sundowns do not always enjoy such neutrality in local League and cup matches.