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WATCH: Sundowns benefit from Themba Zwane dive

Themba Zwane (Gallo Images)
Themba Zwane (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - A Themba Zwane dive that fooled referee Kulasande Qongqo into awarding a penalty assisted Mamelodi Sundowns in a 3-1 win over Stellenbosch in an Absa Premiership clash at Loftus Versfeld on Wednesday.

Stellenbosch were the better side for the first 30 minutes and took the lead in the 35th minute with a Ryan Moon header to stun the Absa Premiership champions.

After the break, the game swung in Sundowns' favour in the 57th minute as Themba Zwane blatantly dived inside the area with Qongqo pointing to the spot.

Despite there being clear daylight between the Sundowns attacker and the attempted challenge by Stellenbosch captain Mogamad de Goede the penalty stood as Zwane stepped up to equalise.

A clearly frustrated De Goede - caused by the earlier unjust decision - then received a straight red card for an ugly studs-up challenge on Rivaldo Coetzee.

Two late goals by academy graduates Sphelele Mkhulise in the 85th minute and Keletso Makgwala in stoppage time sealed the three points for Pitso Mosimane's side.

Speaking after the game, Mosimane - who had constantly criticised Kaizer Chiefs for their apparent beneficial treatment from referees - said that he was happy to benefit from the penalty decision.

"If we benefitted, who cares? It's about time, I shrug my shoulders," Mosimane said. "I even want offside on Saturday (in the Telkom Knockout final) and I will lift the trophy gladly.

"And a penalty? No problem. It's the way it is at this point, I will take it."

Stellenbosch head coach Steve Barker though was left furious by the performance by the match officials and hit out at Mosimane for his silence on the penalty decision.

"I want to know some clubs (Sundowns) who say other clubs get decisions what did they say tonight?" Barker questioned. "What did they say tonight? I bet they said nothing."

Compiled by Baden Gillion

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Fixtures
Tue 02 Mar 21 15:00 PM (SAST)
Stellenbosch
Mamelodi Sundowns
Danie Craven Stadium
Tue 02 Mar 21 15:00 PM (SAST)
Tshakhuma FC
Kaizer Chiefs
Thohoyandou Stadium
Tue 02 Mar 21 17:00 PM (SAST)
Maritzburg United
Black Leopards
Harry Gwala Stadium
Results
Wed 24 Feb 21
SuperSport United 1
Orlando Pirates 1
Wed 24 Feb 21
TS Galaxy 1
Bloemfontein Celtic 0
Tue 23 Feb 21
Golden Arrows 1
Black Leopards 2
Logs
Team
P
W
PTS
1. Mamelodi Sundowns
16
10
36
2. SuperSport United
18
9
33
3. Swallows
16
7
30
4. Orlando Pirates
18
7
29