Pitso Mosimane Rants at VAR After Al Wahda's Controversial Loss to Baniyas

Pitso Mosimane Rants at VAR After Al Wahda's Controversial Loss to Baniyas

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at October 9, 2023 at 9:44 AM
  • Pitso Mosimane is angered by the officials and his team's lack of accuracy
  • A late penalty was given against Al Wahda while they were still in the lead
  • A red card and an injury-time winner sealed the side's second loss in a row

Pitso Mosimane had stern words for his players following yet another defeat in the UAE Pro League.

Al Wahda were beaten 2-1 by Baniyas Club on Friday thanks to a penalty in the 83rd minute and a winner snatched in the ninth minute of injury time.

Facundo Kruspzky put Mosimane's side in the lead in the 25th minute but a red card for Abdurahman Saleh just before half-time put the visitors on the back foot.

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Pitso Mosimane had strong words for his players and VAR after their 2-1 defeat to Bani Yas. Photo: @xmostva.
Source: Twitter

The result left Mosimane fuming at both his team and the referees.

Feeling that his players could have sealed the result earlier, the South African coach was baffled by the lack of clinical finishing, as quoted by GOAL:

"I cannot teach the players how to score goals. In the last two matches, we lost due to missing easy opportunities. I am sad about the loss, and I feel disappointed."

However, Mosimane saved his sharpest words for the referees.

With Al Wahda still 1-0 up with less than 10 minutes left to play, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) called the on-field referee to the monitor to check for a possible penalty.

After multiple looks, the referee decided the defender’s 'slightest of touches' on the Baniyas attacker while clearing the danger was enough to warrant a penalty.

"I am sad because of the refereeing errors. I do not know why there is VAR. VAR problems are becoming more sensitive. We received another undeserved loss and I accept this bitter defeat, but what is the benefit of having video technology?" Mosimane commented.

The defeat has left Al Wahda in tenth place on the United Arab Emirates Pro League log, with their next test coming against eighth-placed Ittihad Kalba on October 27.

Mosimane issued prior warning to team

Sports Brief previously reported that before the UAE Pro League match against Baniyas, Mosimane urged his players to improve and focus on fixing their mistakes.

Strong defences are the hallmarks of his but Al Wahda are yet to keep a clean sheet. The need to iron this out was a continued message from the South African manager.

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Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.
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