Cyril Ndonga, the head coach of Congo Brazzaville’s Diables Noirs, has sensationally accused the referees of favouring Sekhukhune United following his side’s 2-1 loss.
The South African team, now third in Group D of the CAF Confederation Cup, secured the victory over Diables Noirs at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday.
This win was their first triumph in the group stage, earning them three crucial points.
Ndonga criticised decisions on fouls and offsides as unfairly advantageous to Sekhukhune.
“The referee chose their camp,” Ndonga said, FarPost reported.
“That is very bad for the African continent.”
Ndonga also alleged inappropriate interactions between Sekhukhune’s bench and the fourth official, suggesting that this influenced the match’s outcome.
Lehlohonolo Seema, Sekhukhune United’s coach, dismissed Ndonga’s claims as unfounded.
Seema pointed out the equal opportunities given to both teams during the game, including fouls and corner kicks, and highlighted his team’s focus on performance rather than officiating.
“If the officiating is bad, score more goals than the opponent, you will still win the game,” he suggested.
Sekhukhune United is now preparing to host Malian team Stade Malien in their next Confederation Cup match, scheduled for Sunday, 10 December.
Compiled by staff writer
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