Owen Da Gama slams referee as Pitso Mosimane and Sundowns benefit from penalty call


Mamelodi Sundowns profited from a poor penalty call in their 1-0 win over Highlands Park, according to Owen Da Gama.

Park were beaten 1-0 at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday night by a late Mauricio Affonso strike a few seconds before the end of the match.

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The Uruguayan giant has now scored three goals for Sundowns in three different competitions since making his debut and has proven to be worth the wait.

However, Da Gama believes the match officials Jelly Chavani, Tshepo Nojila and Sibusiso Sisilana should have done better during the game and feels Affonso's goal should not have been a match-winner.

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"I don't like talking about referees but there was a clear penalty there with a handball. They never gave it," said Da Gama after the match in Atteridgeville.

"There were few decisions that went our way. At the end, we learn from it. Let them do their job, we will do our job. But sometimes that one decision can turn things around."

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Da Gama urged his defender Given Msimang to learn from his mistake that allowed Affonso to get free in the penalty area to slot home the winner.

"He was supposed to pick up Affonso and he left the guy. You don't leave any player in the box with a minute to go. Given must grow. You can't have that type of behaviour. He must learn from this and understand that you have to be strong."

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