Orlando Pirates Nedbank Cup

Orlando Pirates defend Nedbank Cup title. Image: Samuel Shivambu / BackpagePix

No penalty for Orlando Pirates – Rulani Mokwena

Mamelodi Sundowns lost another cup final to Orlando Pirates. Coach Rulani Mokwena believes the equalising penalty was illegal.

Orlando Pirates Nedbank Cup

Orlando Pirates defend Nedbank Cup title. Image: Samuel Shivambu / BackpagePix

Mamelodi Sundowns were on the losing side of the Nedbank Cup final against Orlando Pirates on Saturday afternoon. Rulani Mokwena believes that the equalising penalty was wrongfully awarded.

MAMELODI SUNDOWNS COACH RULANI MOKWENA ON ORLANDO PIRATES LOSS

Themba Zwane had opened the scoring before Orlando Pirates responded with goals from Patrick Maswanganyi and Relebohile Mofokeng. Maswanganyi’s penalty should not stood, according to Mokwena.

“I just saw the penalty they got given; I thought Tito actually fouls  Aubrey Modiba, to be honest,” said Mokwena via FARPost.

“I watched again and again, and I thought it was actually a foul for Sundowns. It’s going to sound like excuses, but I watched the penalty that they got. Tito is not even looking at the ball, and he moves his back and slides into Modiba.

“Modiba could have done a bit better and anticipated a little bit better in that situation because if you read the body language of Maswanganyi, it’s not even to go to the situation and compete for the duel,” the Sundowns mentor added.

PRAISE FOR TSHEGOFATSO MABASA

Orlando Pirates captain, Innocent Maela, has lauded Tshegofatso Mabasa. The Botshabelo-born striker won the DStv Premiership Golden Boot award with 15 goals.

“Generally, in life when you are humble, you will always be surrounded by people who are willing to fight for you and help you when you need the help. Tshego is a smart guy, he is down to earth and he works really hard,” said Maela, as per Hollywoodbets.

“What I like most about him is that he is selfless, you can see that in the way that you play that he is always thinking about the player next to him. Because of the characteristics that he has within him,” the Orlando Pirates skipper added.

“We are able to help him because we know that he is also there for us when we need him. All I can say is that he must continue keeping his head down and keep scoring goals for the team,” the Sea Robbers defender added.

Mamelodi Sundowns’ Brazilian Lucas Costa Ribeiro once looked unchallanged but Stellenbosch FC‘s Iqraam Rayners and Orlando Pirates’ Mabasa had other plans on the final day of the season witnessed the Botshabelo-born striker score against SuperSport United to win the golden boot.

  1. Tshegofatso Mabasa, Orlando Pirates – 16 goals
  2. Iqraam Rayners, Stellenbosch FC – 15 goals
  3. Lucas Ribeiro, Mamelodi Sundowns – 12 goals
  4. Bradley Grobler, SuperSport United – 11 goals
  5. Khanyisa Mayo, Cape Town City – 10 goals
  6. Peter Shalulile, Mamelodi Sundowns – 9 goals
  7. Siphiwe Mahlangu, TS Galaxy – 8 goals
  8. Chibuike Ohizu, Sekhukhune United – 8 goals
  9. Samir Nurkovic, TS Galaxy – 8 goals
  10. Devin Titus, Stellenbosch FC – 7 goals.