Cape Town - Highlands Park head coach Owen da Gama
cut a frustrated figure after his side were edged out 1-0 by Orlando
Pirates on Tuesday with a controversial winner.
The game looked set to end goalless in Tembisa, but Tshegofatso
Mabasa scored a late winner to clinch the three points for the
However, Da Gama was outraged by the goal. He believes Mabasa was
metres offside but the linesman failed to raise his flag and the goal
stood. Da Gama was not only disappointed by the decision but also added
that it's bad for South African football in general.
"First and foremost congratulations to Orlando Pirates, I think they
were very spirited. But we created enough chances, we could have got one
but it was not meant to be, give credit to them, they defended well,"
Da Gama told SuperSport TV.
"But we coaches get criticised a lot when officials make mistakes,
from a little bit that I saw and I know, we've captured it, the guy
[Mabasa] was offside, three metres offside! The very same linesman on
the far end, Orlando Pirates headed the ball and he blew an offside for
"Three metres off! Look at it! So it is very painful to lose for
this, if this is going to continue in this country, our football is not
going to go far.
"Not to take anything away from Pirates, they played very well, they
created opportunities, they are a fantastic team but that? Somebody must
go to jail for that! That is wrong! You can't do such things!
"I'm sorry we had to lose in this fashion, we'll take it on a jaw
once more, I thought the referee and the [other] linesman were superb
but the linesman on the far end, I think we need to look into this."
- TeamTalk Media