Cape Town - Following
his side's emphatic 2-0 Nedbank Cup win over Mpumalanga Black Aces on Sunday, Mamelodi
Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane took time out to praise the referee.
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Goals from Teko Modise and Themba Zwane saw the Brazilians
safely in to the semi-finals of the competition, but it was the performance of
official Robert Smith that caught Mosimane's eye.
"We also have to congratulate the ref, the truth of the
matter is he was on the game," said Mosimane.
"I haven't seen Smith play so well for a long time. He
showed he is a very good ref. You think we are saying this because we won, but
he was very good today.
"I think the linesman missed two offside calls, but
maybe I'm wrong. I can also be wrong."
The reaction comes just days after the former Bafana Bafana
coach blasted the officials in the club's 1-1 draw against the same opponents
in the Premiership.
In that fixture, Bongani Zungu thought he'd scored the
winner in injury time only for the goal to be ruled out.
Mosimane was pleased this game remained incident free and
praised his side for dominating from the outset.
"From the minute we started to the last minute there
was no difference. We were dominant and offensive," he added.
"We know we have the personnel to win the game and once
you play patient and build-up, you saw it against Platinum Stars in Rustenburg,
it's no luck.
"I have to congratulate the Black Aces coach, they
always give us problems.
"Ngoma on the left and right, Mbesuma is a top player,
he holds the ball, we have to make sure Alje covers him well.
"I am happy that we did what we are supposed to do and
there is no drama. When there is no drama and everything is okay you see
Sundowns come out."