Pitso: I will congratulate the referees

Telkom Knockout

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane had some kind words for the referee following his side's victory over Chippa United in the Telkom Knockout.

After it ended 2-2 in extra-time, the Brazilians held their nerve to triumph 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out for a spot in the semi-finals.

Mosimane brushed aside the perception that he is always criticising the match officials.

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"Ja, who cares how you arrived [to the semi-finals], nobody cares, are you gonna ask the guys who are in the semi-finals how they arrived? It's a cup," Mosimane told SuperSport TV.

"We were a little bit sluggish, not free flowing, I know why, I know my team; because we come from a defeat of Kaizer Chiefs and again the opponent scored first and so early, you know like Chiefs, six minutes, ten minutes, we need to settle. If we had scored first, it could've been something. So mentally, you have to understand they struggled. And by the way, they took the lead again. What a goal [by Silas Maziya], I don't think the boy can score it again even if you give him the ball the same way again, no he can't score, the way he scored, not that he can't score a goal," he continued.

"We need to congratulate the referees, I congratulate them, even when I lose I do congratulate them but I will also complain even if I win, so I'm congratulating them. Tell me any coach who congratulates the referees, it's only me. That perception that Pitso is always complaining about referees, yes I will complain if they are doing wrong things.

"I will congratulate the referees and I've been fined for congratulating the referees, did you see my charge? I congratulated the referee, I'm fined. So what should I do, criticise them?"