Orlando Pirates coach Rulani Mokwena has suggested that Bernard Parker dived to win Kaizer Chiefs a penalty that proved decisive in Saturday’s Soweto Derby.
With eight minutes remaining, Parker was brought down by Paseka Mako with the two rivals deadlocked at 2-2.
Daniel Cardoso stepped up to convert the penalty for Chiefs’ 3-2 win.
In the post match press conference, the situation was tense between Mokwena and Chiefs mentor, Ernst Middendorp, to say the least.
Mokwena and Middendorp couldn’t agree on anything, including the penalty incident.
Mokwena insisted: “… Parker goes and gets a swimming pool (to dive in).
“But we can’t talk too much about it. Like I said to you, I’ve gone inside (the dressing room) and I’ve watched it time and time again.”
Mokwena appeared to play the issue on Middendorp’s mind, urging the German to watch the incident again.
“My (video) analysts have shown me all the incidents and I know coach Ernst does his homework,” Mokwena continued.
“I know he’s gonna watch the (penalty) incident also and he’s honest and a man of integrity.
“I think he’s gonna accept some of the things that happened on the pitch, as a man of integrity and as an honest gentleman that I respect,” added Mokwena.
In response, Middendorp was adamant that Chiefs “fully deserved” the penalty.
Mokwena and Middendorp also disagreed on Eric Mathoho’s red card.
While Mokwena insisted that Mathoho and company displayed a “thuggish” behaviour, Middendorp said he had spoken to Mathoho, who insisted to him that he was protecting his teammates when a fought broke out towards the end of the match.
Mathoho was sent off late in the match for what appeared to be a push on Abel Mabaso.
By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa