Yanga Coach Fumes After Controversial Loss to Mamelodi Sundowns in CAF Champions League

Yanga Coach Fumes After Controversial Loss to Mamelodi Sundowns in CAF Champions League

Babajide Orevba
April 6, 2024 at 8:34 AM
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  • Yanga SC coach Manuel Gamondi is unimpressed after his side crashed out of the CAF Champions League
  • The tactician criticised the match officials involved in their second-leg game against Mamelodi Sundowns
  • Replays show that the ball crossed the line following Aziz Ki's strike, but the referee denied the goal

The head coach of Yanga SC, Manuel Gamondi, has expressed disappointment in the match officials that handled their second-leg CAF Champions League game against Mamelodi Sundowns.

Gamondi turned his post-match press conference into a fiery battlefield, blasting the referee and VAR officials for denying his side what be termed a 'clear goal'.

Both teams failed to score over two legs, but Sundowns went on to win 3-2 via a penalty shootout.

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Yanga SC coach Manuel Gamondi is disappointed over his side's controversial CAF Champions League loss to Mamelodi Sundowns. Photo Credit: Yanga SC/Far Post.
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Uninterested in entertaining questions, Gamondi lambasted Mauritian referee Dahane Beida for failing to see a review from the pitch-side VAR monitor.

Yanga SC thought they had taken the lead when Aziz Ki effort beat Ronwen Williams in goal. Television replay shows the ball crossed the line, but the match official relied solely on a message from the VAR room.

The goal was denied, infuriating coach Gamondi who accused the match referee of robbery.

The coach said via Soccer24:

“Why the referee doesn’t go to check himself [on the VAR]? He wanted to check only if it was a yellow card or a red card for Lomalisa [Mutambala when he brought down Khuliso Mudau].
“If you want to defend the credibility of African football, start with that, winning the game and winning clear. I think people who were on the VAR stole the pride of the people of Tanzania.
“We were robbed clear."

Ronwen Williams continues penalty heroics

Sports Brief earlier reported that Williams saved two penalties as Masandawana booked their place in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League by beating Young Africans.

The South African side eliminated Yanga on penalties after their two-legged tie ended 0-0.

The keeper earned rave reviews for his performances in the recent Africa Cup of Nations and followed it up for the Brazilians against the Tanzanian side.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.