Sundowns vs Swallows: Rulani Mokwena Dumbfounded After Gabadinho Mhango’s Goal Is Allowed to Stand

Sundowns vs Swallows: Rulani Mokwena Dumbfounded After Gabadinho Mhango’s Goal Is Allowed to Stand

Byron Pillay
updated at April 16, 2024 at 6:49 AM
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  • Mamelodi Sundowns were held to a 2-2 draw with Soweto-based Moroka Swallows
  • Swallows grabbed a late equaliser in the game thanks to a Gabadinho Mhango goal
  • Sundowns' Rulani Mokwena was lost for words after the goal was allowed to stand

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Rulani Mokwena is not a happy man at the moment.

The Mamelodi Sundowns boss has reacted with disbelief to the decision to award Moroka Swallows an equaliser against his side.

Rulani Mokwena is still in disbelief that his Mamelodi Sundowns side were on the receiving end of a 'controversial' decision.
Rulani Mokwena has reacted in disbelief to Moroka Swallows' goal against Mamelodi Sundowns. Image: @KickOffMagazine.
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Sundowns were leading the Dube Birds 2-1 late in the game when Gabadinho Mhango scored the Soweto side’s second.

Mhango, who was in an offside at the time, latched onto a ball that was headed into his path by Sundowns' Divine Lunga. With Lunga attempting to play the ball legitimately, Mhango was no longer offside, according to the rules.

The goal was initially chalked off for offside by the linesman but following a lengthy debate between the referee and other officials, the goal was allowed to stand.

Mokwena dumbfounded by decision

Thanks to their late goal, Swallows hung on to a draw and claimed a crucial point in their quest for survival this season.

Sundowns’ coach, Mokwena, brought up that relegation battle when discussing the decision to award the goal after the game. He said he felt sorry for Richards Bay and Cape Town Spurs, the two sides below Swallows in the relegation zone.

When asked about the ‘controversial’ decision to award the goal, Mokwena laughed in disbelief, saying it was shocking.

The draw extends Sundowns lead at the top of the DStv Premiership table to 14 points, while Swallows are now nine points clear of Richards Bay behind them.

Masandawana remain undefeated in the DStv Premiership and now turn their attention to the CAF Champions League, where they take on Esperance de Tunis in the semi-final.

Sundowns' busy April fixture list

Sports Brief previously reported how April could prove to be a decisive month for Sundowns' quest for a quadruple.

Having won the inaugural African Football League, the Brazilians turn their attention to the three other competitions.

Masandawana are still in the mix for the Nedbank Cup, the DStv Premiership, and the CAF Champions League titles.

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Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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