Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says
North African sides manipulate referees and use time-wasting tactics in the CAF
Sundowns defeated Wydad Casablanca 2-1 in Saturday's Group A
CCL tie in Pretoria courtesy of a Themba Zwane brace.
After the final whistle tempers were heated as Mosimane was
seen shouting at a Wydad official live on SuperSport television, before further
reports emerged of visiting players spitting at Downs fans and officials as
they left the pitch.
It is alleged that the Brazilians instructed ball boys at
the ground to delay returning the ball to the Moroccans after they had gone 2-1
Nonetheless, Mosimane was unapologetic for this approach
explaining that North African teams are notorious for doing similar things on
He said: "They know how to manipulate the system. They
pressurise the referees.
"It's the first time I see a referee moving out the
pitch looking for balls. It's the first time I see an assistant referee look
"It happens to us every week in Nigeria, but I have
never seen a referee go out the pitch. But they pressurise them. It takes the
referee out of the pitch to go and fetch the balls. That's why North Africans
dominate the space. But we are getting there.
"Do you know what happened to me in Esperance in the
tunnel? The Esperance officials come to me direct. But we have been there, we
have been to Setif. We have been to Esperance. We have been to Wydad, we have
been there. We were playing the Libyans, they created problems for us but we
shrugged it off.
"We are strong now. We have been five years in this. We
should know how to play this game."
Sundowns' next game in Africa's most prestigious club
competition is against Ivory Coast's Asec Mimosas at the same venue on February