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Downs Hit Back At Poor Officiating

A week after being criticised for awarding what looked like a dubious penalty, referee Thando Ndzandzeka was put back in the spotlight.

This time by Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi, who argued that the match official had allowed dangerous tackles to fly in their goalless draw away to Swallows in the DStv Premiership on Saturday.   

Ndzandzeka was the referee in the GladAfrica Championship clash between Royal AM and Cape Town All Stars two weekends ago, where he gave Royal a spot kick just seconds before he blew the final whistle – throwing them a lifeline in the promotion race.

“The officials have got a responsibility to make sure they protect they protect the players and that they run the game properly, but today honestly speaking I don’t think the officiating really served the purpose,” Mngqithi was quoted on the Downs website.   

“This is one match that I feel the officials did not do their part because there were many leg breaking injuries that I saw and tackles that were flying all over.”

Meanwhile, the Brazilians made several changes to the team that faced the Dube Birds, seemingly give them a chance to impress now that the league title is officially at Chloorkop following their win over SuperSport United a few days prior.

“We will always use the players that at that point in time we feel are ready to play and the players that we gave a chance on the day are the players that we believe could do the job,” the Downs coach explained.

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