What 16V told Fire after '98 Rothmans


Mamelodi Sundowns legend Joel 'Fire' Masilela is still feeling the pain of being denied a goal during that infamous cup final more than 20 years ago.

This year marks 22 years since the golden era 1998 Rothmans Cup final between The Brazillians and Kaizer Chiefs, which is widely considered one of the most memorable of all-time.

With the scores level at 2-2 in extra-time, Masilela scored a clear goal that was wrongfully adjudged to have been offside by assistant referee Tiny Chandermoney.

The goal would probably have handed the Tshwane giants the cup, but instead the match went to penalties and Amakhosi prevailed.

Check out Masilela's incorrectly ruled-out goal that might have given Sundowns a 3-2 win in that final

Mamelodi-born Masilela has now revealed what Glamour Boys legend '16V' said to him after the match.

"No that was painful, even now I can't forget that one," Masilela tells KickOff.com.

"I was sure about that one. I didn't say anything to the linesman. I was so shocked. I only spoke with Doctor. I sat down with Doctor and spoke about it, he laughed.

"Mntungwa laughed at me and said, 'No boy, it was the linesman who robbed you there, not us. No they killed you Mlilo [Fire], you had finished with us.'

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"He said that after that game. We were together after the game, the likes of Doctor took us to some other places for relaxation you see. At that time we were still close together as players, especially when we played [Orlando] Pirates and Chiefs.

"After every match these guys from Soweto wouldn't want us to leave. They wanted us to stay with them just to build the friendship. You know most people think when we are on the field we fight, we hate each other... no no no, we are friends.

"After the match we are friends. We meet and chill together, drinking our nice cold stuff, talking about the game. Those were the good all days."

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