Wits get raw deal

2009-12-09 11:16

BidVest Wits coach Roger de Sa shook his head in frustration after

his 10-man Students were beaten 1-0 by title-chasing Mamelodi Sundowns in a

hard-fought Absa Premiership clash played at Atteridgeville’s Super Stadium.

But he was philosophical and believed his Students would rise to

the challenge of getting Wits back onto the winning path and away from the

relegation zone they found themselves in.

The defeat plunges the Clever Boys deeper into the relegation

quagmire, while the three points ignites Downs late title challenge.

The Students are stuck on 21 points and have now gone 11 matches

without a win.

Said De Sa: “Our next three games are crucial. We have to start

turning the corner.

“We have to go out and pick ourselves off the floor.”

The Students’ next three games are against Moroka Swallows at

Milpark on Saturday, away to bottom club Jomo Cosmos (at the Vaal Technikon) and

at home to Golden Arrows.

But De Sa refused to let the fact that his top striker Calvin Kadi

had what looked like a good goal disallowed in the 19th minute by referee Victor

Hlungwane for offside, and had his captain and defensive strongman Tefu

Mashamaite sent off for a professional foul on Downs’ goal scorer Katlego Mphela

in the 57th minute, get him down.

On the 85th minute, Mphela scored his 13th goal of the season and

earned Downs a fortunate 1-0 win and three valuable points.

However, a black mark goes against temperamental Downs coach Hristo

Stoichkov, who gave the media the run around by ducking and diving the

after-match media interviews.

Stoichkov is infamous for his temper tantrums. Last Tuesday he

refused to speak to the media after Downs’ match against Santos was rained off

with Downs leading 1-0 at the same venue.

Stoitchkov´s lack of co-operation was reported to the Premier

Soccer League last night.

De Sa was not pleased about the goal being chalked off: “I was

suspended and fined (R50?000) recently for making a mistake in that I had a go

against a referee.

“What punishment does this ref (Hlungwane) face now that he has

made a bad mistake which could have cost us dearly. We are fighting for our

lives and that goal could have changed the game for us.

“Surely the referee will be punished and made to apologise like the

PSL made me do when I made a bad mistake.”

But De Sa said that the rush of blood from Mashamaite was the end

of a brave fight: “Until the sending off we were more than holding our own. It

is difficult playing Sundowns with 11 men, never mind 10.”

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