- Mamelodi Sundowns came in for criticism, as a result of their tactics against Bloemfontein Celtic
- Four of the Sundowns players received bookings for time-wasting and will now miss the clash against Vaal University
- Many have deemed it to be a sign of bad sportsmanship, but coach Pitso Mosimane strongly defended his decision
“It’s not cheating. It’s part of the game, they do it also," said a defiant Pitso Mosimane following the controversial match against Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday.
Mosimane was reacting to the criticism levelled at his team for their time-wasting tactics and gamesmanship towards the end of the encounter.
For Sundowns, it technically benefited them on two fronts - time wasting to secure the victory and it ensures their availability for the remainder of the league campaign.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the four players involved will now miss the relatively easy encounter against Vaal University of Technology in the Nedbank Cup.
However, Gaston Sirino, Hlompho Kekana, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Mosa Lebusa would then be eligible for the remaining league matches and start on a clean slate.
While the strategy may not be pretty to watch or in the spirit of the game, Mosimane feels that all teams do it at some point.
Mosimane said, "It doesn’t look good, it doesn’t look professional, but everybody is doing it.”
However, the Downs mentor will hope that history doesn't repeat itself.
Lamontville Golden Arrows applied similar tactics ahead of their match with Vaal University and they paid a heavy price.
Due to the unavailability of some of their key players, Arrows went down to the fourth tier side in the previous round of the cup.
With Kaizer Chiefs in sight, Mosimane feels it is a risk worth taking.
He added, "If you want to chase the league, you have to clean the yellow cards.”
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