Mamelodi Sundowns were knocked out of the CAF Champions League by Petro Atletico. Co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi has cited huge pauses in the game as one of the reasons for this.
The game saw two big decisions, both penalties, decided by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR). However, the awarding of the decisions was not problematic.
The problem was how long the referees took to come to each decision, even though it was correct.
“First half we created (I think) nine chances.” Mngqithi told reporters after the match.
“And we had two big chances but unfortunately when we did not take those chances maybe they came back to bite us. But I do believe we had a very good first half.
“Unfortunate not to score enough in that moment.
“In the second half we had a lot of things that were very unfortunate. The momentum of the game was killed by a whole lot of things:
“1; The VAR decisions. I just feel that they took too long.
“I wouldn’t say they were right or wrong. But I just feel in a game it has an effect when you have too many stoppages and maybe four or five minutes in the issue of Denis and the handball.
“I think that’s a decision that can be taken very quickly. The second one was with the penalty.
“I think again it is something that took too long. [But] as to whether those decisions were right or wrong.
“To be honest at this stage I would not want to go there because to a certain extent I do believe most of the decisions were very good. But unfortunately, because the momentum was broken down a lot.
“The second half became very ugly let’s be honest. It was an ugly game of football.” He added.
The Brazilians will now focus on domestic football. Manqoba Mngqithi Blames VAR Stoppages for CAF Champions League Elimination!