Absa Premiership

'Tom is not my referee of the year', says furious Mosimane

2020-01-08 07:52
Pitso Mosimane
Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has once again criticised the officiating in the Absa Premiership after his side played out to a goalless draw against Bidvest Wits.

The Brazilians had an opportunity to close the gap on log leaders Kaizer Chiefs, but had to settle for a point despite Wits being a man down after Buhle Mkhwanazi was sent off for picking up two yellow cards.

However, Mosimane felt that the Students should have ended the match with nine players as Thulani Hlatshwayo committed too many questionable fouls throughout the match without seeing a second yellow card.

"I think in terms of opportunities, is the same like we played them in Durban, we just don't put the goal easily against them and not to say we can't make a goal, we just miss," said a very agitated Mosimane in his post-match interview on SuperSport TV.

"I mean those two headers that Lebohang Maboe and I think it's 'Pitso' (Sphelele Mkhulise) should have sealed the game, you don't need much.

"But I'm going to be controversial and you know I say what I say I don't care, yeah it's okay. I think 'Tyson' (Thulani Hlatshwayo) had nine lives tonight.

“He was the last man and it's a red (card), it doesn't mean if you've given a red then you can't give another red, no! 'Let me go talk to him', what are you talking?

"And then he (Hlatshwayo) goes and clatters 'Pitso' and then he (the referee) talks to him again, no (Abongile) Tom is not my referee of the year, last year yeah. This year he was not brave, he made a lot of mistakes this year and he's a good referee," he continued.

"I'm not talking about any other thing. I'm only talking about one issue, that 'Tyson' should have walked. That's it. 'Mshishi' (Themba Zwane) I don't know what's the yellow card for. You know you ask yourself because all the newspapers wrote that 'Mshishi' and all those guys they're on a yellow card, they will never play the next game but it's fine.

"It's okay, I'm not unhappy with the result, Wits defended well. We did the same when we played them at Milpark, we defended well. But Tom is not my referee of the year, I give him less points. Even against Maritzburg, he had a big one, so he can't be the referee of the year. I'm the number one campaigner against him. Thank you," he added.

- Compiled by Tashreeq Vardien


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