QWAQWA. – Thami Ngubane, the African Warriors coach, has labelled their Sunday (24/01) loss to Highlands Park as daylight robbery. He feels that they could have at least secured a point in the National First Division (NFD) contest that took place at the Charles Mopeli Stadium in Qwaqwa.
Ngubane was responding to the late goal that his outfit conceded when their opponents’ Teboho Kalake capitalised on a goalkeeping blunder during the referee’s optional time and in the process stole three points.
“I don’t even want to call that a sucker punch. It was daylight robbery. My goalkeeper was impeded, but the referee turned a blind eye to that,” he said.
The one-sided game started to produce fireworks in the second half when the visitors pushed numbers forward in search of a winner. Highlands Park could have won the game 30 minutes before the final whistle, but Warriors keeper Vusumuzi Magagula made some breath-taking saves to keep his outfit in the game. He also denied the visitors a lead when he saved a penalty in the 88th minute.
However, he could not handle the pressure to the end as he fumbled during the referee’s optional time and gave the visitors a win.
It was clear from the word go that the home team had only come to the game to secure a draw. It was disappointing that they could not even test the visitors’ goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini who was enjoying a holiday on the Charles Mopeli turf.
Warriors are lying 13th on the log table with 14 points in 16 games. They are just five points from the relegation zone.
Ngubane said he was happy with the way his team had played and added that he was still within his mandate of saving the team from relegation.
“I am still new in the team, but I am happy that I have managed to change some things. The team was conceding more goals before because they were not taught the difference between marking and defending. They now know it and we just have to make sure that we work on finishing.”