Fuming ODG: It was three metres offside!


Highlands Park head coach Owen Da Gama was not a happy man after Orlando Pirates scored a controversial late winner at Makhulong Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Mabasa gave Pirates the lead ten minutes before time, although television replays showed the Pirates forward was in offside position when receiving the ball from Linda Mntambo.

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"First and foremost congratulations to Orlando Pirates, I think they were very spirited. But we created enough chances, we could have got one but it was not meant to be, give credit to them, they defended well," Da Gama told SuperSport TV.

"But we coaches get criticised a lot when officials make mistakes, from a little bit that I saw and I know, we've captured it, the guy [Mabasa] was offside, three metres offside! The very same linesman on the far end, Orlando Pirates headed the ball and he blew an offside for us.

"Three metres off! Look at it! So it is very painful to lose for this, if this is going to continue in this country, our football is not going to go far. Not to take anything away from Pirates, they played very well, they created opportunities, they are a fantastic team but that? Somebody must go to jail for that! That is wrong! You can't do such things! I'm sorry we had to lose in this fashion, we'll take it on a jaw once more, I thought the referee and the [other] linesman were superb but the linesman on the far end, I think we need to look into this."

There was another controversial moment in the first stanza where Mabasa lunged in on Lindokuhle Mbatha in the first half, but he only got away with a yellow card.

"A two-footed tackle and Mbatha never recovered from that, he had pain, we put in spray, they gave him an injection but he couldn't take the pain off. A two-footed tackle like that, that is murderous, I mean you can end somebody's career like that. But in saying that, it's important that we note [I have] nothing against Orlando Pirates. They played well, attacked well, defended well but we really need to look... this is not good for football in our country," he continued.

"You work so hard all week, you prepare, you analyse, just for a mistake like that to happen, I think that is shameful! Very shameful!" he fumed.