Eymael Rues ‘Clear Penalty’ Not Given Against Downs
Stars Lament Missed Opportunity For A Win Against Sundowns
Free State Stars head coach, Luc Eymael, believes that his team had a ‘clear penalty’ turned down by the match officials in their game against Mamelodi Sundowns.
Former Kaizer Chiefs striker Siphelele Mthembu scored a second half equaliser that helped Ea Lla Koto to draw 1-1 against Downs after Percy Tau had given the Chloorkop outfit an early lead at Loftus Versfeld on Wednesday night.
“But that was a clear penalty. I have watched the replay of the game and that was a clear penalty in the last minute of the game.
“All the commentators and analysts saw that it was a clear penalty. All over the world, they can see it, because I put the video out there (through social media). I’ve had one or two international referees asking me, ‘Why didn’t he (Thando Ndzandzeka) allow a penalty there?’ But it’s okay, it’s part of the game. But it’s a bit unfortunate that he had to go through that kind of fault,” said Eymael.
“Sometimes people are criticising the referees. You know what, for us at Free State Stars in order to succeed we have to work 10 times harder than other teams. Why is it not that when its penalty then it is a penalty. Does it have to be about the big team, small team or medium team? (A) penalty is (a) penalty. It’s unfortunate. But I have to congratulate my players for a good second half in that game,” he added.
Stars are fourth on the PSL log with 32 points, which is six points behind Sundowns, who are on 38 and at the top of the standings.
“What I said after the game was that, I thought we didn’t come to the party in the first half because there was so much space between the lines. We allowed Sundowns to create through passes and to run behind the defence. It was affecting our game plan. We rectified that at half time. We had to be more compact to stop them from playing like they normally do. I thought we showed too much respect to Sundowns in the first half.
"In the second half, my goalkeeper (Badra Ali Sangare) kept us in the game. He had a very good game. We came back to the second half very strong. We could have scored more goals. I have watched the replay of the game, Sundowns weren’t that brilliant in the second half. We were shifting well and playing higher, putting pressure and winning balls better. Unfortunately, from some of the chances we had (Denis) Onyango made some good saves,” concluded the Belgian tactician.