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Eymael Rues ‘Clear Penalty’ Not Given Against Downs

Stars Lament Missed Opportunity For A Win Against Sundowns

By Soccer Laduma - Feb 23, 2018 12:59 PM

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. 

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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. 

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“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. 

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“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. 


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setlaboswana Joined: 20 Mar 2012
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setlaboswana Feb 24, 2018 05:40 PM
@Vongani!, there is nothing to attest there.
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the controvercial Joined: 12 Nov 2015
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the controvercial Feb 23, 2018 09:42 PM
CAN'T WAIT FOR JINGLES TO COME BACK AND TAKE HIS POSITION AS A HEAD COACH. IF YOU KNOW FOOTBALL YOU HAVE SEEN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HIM AND HIS ASSISTANT.JINGLES HAS MORE EXPERIENCE THAN THOSE TWO ASSISANT /GOALKEEPER COACH THAT TAKE CHANCES. WE ARE HAPPY THAT YOU ARE BACK JINGLES.
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MDANANA Feb 23, 2018 07:08 PM
Yes, it was a penalty but you know what comes around goes around and what goes around comes around!
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allegromolto Joined: 21 Jul 2013
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allegromolto Feb 23, 2018 05:01 PM
@dellah 2 wrongs never make 1 right boss, don't just talk for the sake of talking boss
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allegromolto Joined: 21 Jul 2013
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allegromolto Feb 23, 2018 04:59 PM
Gomez nd his friends are destroying our soccer serious nd the PSL instead of fixing the problem is busy charging players nd coaches for what
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Great white shark Joined: 07 Jul 2017
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Great white shark Feb 23, 2018 03:44 PM
downs managed 2 salvage a point against stars tnx 2 motsepe dirty money
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Morwa wa Makoma Joined: 24 Jan 2018
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Morwa wa Makoma Feb 23, 2018 03:39 PM
whoever thinks the ref did justice simply becausehis club went through the same treatment before is a true failure of success nor improvement. Two wrongs shall never make it rt, we live daily to correct yesterday's mistakes, so let's not condone the refs poor decision making!
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majenz Joined: 21 Jul 2016
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majenz Feb 23, 2018 03:38 PM
Ndzandzeka o bhorile moreki straight, that was a clear penalty.Money talks indeed
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Morwa wa Makoma Joined: 24 Jan 2018
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Morwa wa Makoma Feb 23, 2018 03:34 PM
this free state stars coach deserves a bells, whoever thought the club will be amongst the top performers at dis stage of the league?! A clear penalty not given indeed! It wud have brought much excitement on weekend's fixtures
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dellah Joined: 21 Nov 2017
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dellah Feb 23, 2018 03:05 PM
Mr Spot on also said Downs were denied a clear penalty against Zebras FC but we also took a point nd moved on. U r not de only 1
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dellah Joined: 21 Nov 2017
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dellah Feb 23, 2018 03:02 PM
We experienced more than that coach, just take de point nd move on.
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tidimalo199 Feb 23, 2018 03:00 PM
BESIDE DOES IT MEAN THAT ALL TEAMS IN THIS SITUATION THEY WERE PRODUCING BROWN ENVELOPES?? #KBY LET US SOLDIER ON BOYS WE WILL MAKE IT...
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indidane Feb 23, 2018 02:55 PM
This Crybaby must accept that 1 p0int and m0ve 0n .... N0thing ''ll Change , crying ''ll N0t Help him @ all ... Qwaqwa Stars is N0t the First team t0 be denied a Clear Penalty .. And they are n0t the Last
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indidane Feb 23, 2018 02:52 PM
St0p Crying wena ... Teams are getting r0bbed Everyday , was it the First time u saw a Penalty N0t given ???
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Great white shark Joined: 07 Jul 2017
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Great white shark Feb 23, 2018 02:36 PM
if it was de mighty khosi we were neva gonna hear de end of it, motsepe with his dirty money at it again. we ddnt forget the lucky star via backdoor. By de way i want u at de helm in naturena nxt season
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mountainofmolotov Feb 23, 2018 02:36 PM
Dunusa even gave hayatou brown envelope what makes you think that referees are immune to their dirty games?
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khezwana73 Feb 23, 2018 02:06 PM
Yeah brown envelope for sure! That was a clear penalty. Dunu and Rats use brown envelope these days. Referees are always in their favour.
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Dangerous when provoked Feb 23, 2018 02:05 PM
Its just unfortunate. Maybe its time to say, "brown envelope "; Marikana FC.
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StevovoEskalen Feb 23, 2018 01:59 PM
Sorry for you, you were playing with the Guptas.
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Vongani! Joined: 10 Jul 2017
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Vongani! Feb 23, 2018 01:54 PM
Even poor people like @setlaboswana,@indidanee,fisto ,,,can attest that it was a penalty

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