TS Galaxy coach Dan Malesela has said he fears for the future of South African football after his team suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat against Royal Eagles from a penalty that probably shouldn’t have been given.
In a non-televised National First Division fixture between the two sides on Sunday afternoon, a video that is making the rounds on social media – from the angle it is shown – suggests the ball hits the defender on the back rather than his arm – but the referee awards the penalty.
Then later, Galaxy launched an attack of their own and seemingly have spot-kick denied minutes later, much to the disgust of coach Malesela. He then gave a scathing post match interview.
“When games are won like this you want to say things, but you are scared to say them because you don’t want to get into trouble,” said Malesela told the media.
“But I feel for the future of South African football – it’s more like by hook or crook, this must happen. We don’t even appreciate the football that is being played. You will find that some of these boys from TS Galaxy are going to be lost in football because they get disgruntle with what is happening. I don’t want to say too much. But if anyone can get the video of this match then some people will be seriously embarrassed. This is bad for football, this is the worst I have ever seen. Every time I am forced to comment about things that have nothing to do with how my team is playing. I have a serious problem with that. We work hard.”