Mngqithi: It was a very soft penalty


Co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi believes his side were penalised with a "soft" penalty call as Mamelodi Sundowns clinched a narrow 1-0 win over Golden Arrows at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on Wednesday.

Attacker Gaston Sirino scored the decisive goal in the 58th minute as Masandawana stretched their lead at the top of the table and maintained their unbeaten run.

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The Brazilians now hold a four-point lead over Tshwane rivals SuperSport United with 19 points after seven matches played.

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Mngqithi's side were fortunate to come away with all three points as Michel Gumede missed from the penalty spot.

Speaking after the final whistle, Mngqithi questioned the awarding of the penalty to Golden Arrows for an apparent foul by Khuliso Mudau.

"Sometimes we just need to give the referees the benefit of the doubt," Mngqithi said post-match.

"For me, I thought it was a very soft penalty call, but when I look at it compared to what happened in the first half against Vila [Sibusiso Vilakazi].

"I thought Vila's one was much more serious but I would not want to dwell much on such decisions.

"Because the truth of the matter is that we as coaches make our own mistakes, in our organisation and in setting up the team.

"So they must also be allowed one or two mistakes here and there, but one is happy that even with that penalty we managed to keep a clean sheet.

"Denis [Onyango] was also very strong in goals, so we're very happy with that outcome."

Sundowns next welcome Maniema Union in a return leg of a CAF Champions League second preliminary round clash at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 16:00

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