Offside calls in the first leg were decisive – Pitso Mosimane

Sibusiso Vilakazi of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Abdellatif Noussirr of Wydad Athletic during 2017 Caf Champions League game between Mamelodi Sundowns and Wydad AC at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 17 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Monday Sep 25, 2017. 14:30

Marginal offside calls came back to haunt Mamelodi Sundowns in the CAF Champions League, according to coach Pitso Mosimane.

The African champions were dethroned on Saturday night when Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca eliminated them from the premier continental tournament.

Wydad won their second leg, quarterfinal clash in Casablanca 1-0 to see the teams locked at 1-1 on aggregate, before triumphing 3-2 on post-match penalties.

“I think we lost in Pretoria. In Pretoria we had three balls [that were ruled offside],” said Mosimane after the match, as quoted by Kick-Off.

“The referee said it’s offside, but it was not offside. We would have scored three goals, like last year we scored three [against Zamalek].”

He continued: “It’s very sad for football.”

The Brazilians coach insisted that his side did not set out to defend their slender lead in the second leg.

“I think we played very well. We came here to play and not to sit back but unfortunately in penalties anybody can win. But congratulations to Wydad,” said the former Bafana Bafana coach.

“We pressed. We were not scared to lose. We saw that they could not take the stress and we played in their half and put them under pressure.

“You could see that they could not take the ball out of their half. But I have to give them credit [because] in the first half they really showed that they want to win.”

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