Mngqithi: The need for VAR is there


Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Manqoba Mngqithi has called for the introduction of VAR after a controversial penalty shootout in his side's MTN8 win over Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday.

Masandawana advanced to the MTN8 semi-finals after a tense 2-1 penalty shootout victory, with the scores finishing 2-2 after 120 minutes of regulation time.

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The fourth spot-kick was surrounded in controversy after Itumeleng Khune was adjudged to have kept out Lyle Lakay's penalty. With replays showing the ball had crossed the goalline.

"The need for VAR is there," Mngqithi said post-match. "It makes a bit of a difference, but at times they even make mistakes with the aid of VAR.

"In this case, Zakhele was just there, so what is the use of bringing the linesman into that area when he's not going to be able to tell the referee that it's a goal.

"The linesman was five metres away from the situation, unlike when he is usually on the touchline, but it still went on [got a decision wrong].

"It's one of those situations, and I do not want to speak about them because I also believe we had a penalty goal on that side in the second half.

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"But again, we have to accept that everybody makes mistakes. We also make mistakes.

"But on the penalty one, it's a bit of a sore point when our analyst receives a red card, when they look at it they will realise that they had made a mistake and these people were not shouting at us for nothing.

"But that's football. Let's not dwell too much on it.

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