- Pitso Mosimane has dodged responsibility for Tebogo Langerman's name appearing on the substitute roster
- This happened during the Nedbank Cup final which is a contravention of the rules
- Bloemfontein Celtic have not lodged a formal complaint and the PSL are yet to release a statement
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Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has excused himself from any involvement in an error which is a violation of rules of the league.
The incident was sparked by the inclusion of Tebogo Langerman in the list of substitutes in the final of the Nedbank Cup.
The Sundowns won the match and secured their third trophy of the season to the delight of their fans. They beat Bloemfontein Celtic in the match.
Briefly.co.za learned that the rules state that if an ineligible player is included on the roster the protesting team can lodge a complaint.
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“Where the protest relates to a Player who is alleged to be an ineligible Player‚ the protesting Member Club will lodge a written objection to the fielding of the Player detailing the reasons for the objection‚ with referee and the opposing captain in the presence of an assistant referee no later than 30 (thirty) minutes before the start of the match.”
Celtic did not lodge a formal written protest before the match and only complained after the match according to Times Live.
“I am not aware of that but I’ll ask the club. I don’t do player admin at the club‚ I focus on coaching the team‚” said Mosimane in his post-match press conference.
Both teams had the opportunity to notice the mistake as they were given updated lists of suspended players.
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“If I have reports on certain issues‚ of course I can’t be a coach who doesn’t focus or observe those things‚ but I am not aware at this point in time. The management will have to tell us all about this but you must win on the pitch. Imagine you are going to raise the trophy‚ and oh by the way‚ there was this thing and then you celebrate. I mean really."
“My opinion about football is that you must win on the pitch‚ that’s my opinion about football. Win on the pitch. If you win outside the pitch because there is something like this or that‚ it’s okay but we know how football is. You remember in 2012 Celtic won the Tellkom Knockout trophy with the ball that did not cross the line. Who talks about it now‚ they talk about Celtic having being the Telkom Cup finalists in 2012.”
This has become an issue for soccer fans but the PSL have not yet released a statement on the incident.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that South Africans took to social media to celebrate another amazing milestone in the Mamelodi Sundowns history as they record a treble trophy win.
The secured their third trophy after defeating Bloemfontein Celtic in Soweto on Saturday to win the Nedbank Cup Final 1-0.
Before that, they snatched the Premiership trophy last Saturday with a photo finish against Kaizer Chiefs.
In other news, Ernst Middendorp has been shown the door by Kaizer Chiefs Club Chair Kaizer Motaung and his fellow management team. Their decision to let him go comes only days after the team was defeated by Sundowns in the ABSA Premiership Championship match.
“We deliberated and considered many aspects related to the team, including our way of playing, our performances and the results, before coming to the decision," said Motaung in an official statement.
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