Mokwena Erasmus

Kermit Erasmus of Orlando Pirates exchanges words with Rhulani Mokwena. Photo: BackpagePix

Sundowns coach hits out at referees after Pirates draw

Rhulani Mokwena has voiced his frustrations following his side’s 1-1 draw against rivals Orlando Pirates at Loftus Versfeld.

Mokwena Erasmus

Kermit Erasmus of Orlando Pirates exchanges words with Rhulani Mokwena. Photo: BackpagePix

Rhulani Mokwena was left frustrated with referee Thando Ndzandzeka after his side’s 1-1 draw against Orlando Pirates on Saturday night in the DStv Premiership.

Things simply didn’t click for both teams at a packed Loftus Versfeld Stadium. Jose Riveiro’s side were reduced to 10-men after Miguel Timm received a second yellow card in the 54th minute.

The Brazilians opened the scoring in the 76th minute through a well taken Marcelo Allende goal from the edge of the box.

Two minutes later, Tapelo Xoki was fouled in the box by Abdolmonem Boutouil. Xoki stepped up to the spot and slotted his penalty home to level matters.

And that’s how it ended at Loftus with both sides walking away with a solitary point apiece. Take a look at what Mokwena had to say regarding the match below.

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“I don’t like the game today. It’s not a game of football,” Mokwena told SuperSport TV as quoted by IdiskiTimes.

“First time that I don’t like my team, not at all and of course a game of football you need three good teams and I don’t like my team today, I don’t think the referees were good today. I never complain about referees but I don’t think they were good today. I think Orlando Pirates put up a fight.”

Starting lineups

Orlando Pirates XI: Chaine, Maela, Xoki, Ndah, Monyane, Timm, Makhaula, Hotto, Maswanganyi, Saleng, Makgopa.

Subs: Buthelezi, Sibisi, Lebitso, Mbatha, Ndlondlo, Kimvuidi, Pule, Mofokeng, Marou

Mamelodi Sundowns XI: Williams, Morena, Boutouil, Lunga, Lebusa, Aubaas, Mkhulise, Allende, Lorch, Ribeiro, Shalulile.

Subs: D. Onyango, B. Onyango, Mdunyelwa, Maboe, Mbule, Mendieta, Esquivel, Nku, Sirino.

Action at Loftus Versfeld Stadium gets underway at 20:00. The match will be televised live on SuperSport PSL as well as SABC1.

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“I am not able to say who mustn’t boo who and I do not have control over that. Lorch has been a fan favourite at Pirates and if the supporters feel that booing him to unsettle him is something that will work for the team against Sundowns, I won’t blame them.” Orlando Pirates legend James Mothibi told SoccerLaduma.

“But I am not condoning the booing of players especially if it’s done in an appropriate manner. My understanding is that in football you can unsettle the opposition in an appropriate way if you feel that will help your team to win the match.”

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