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Mamelodi Sundowns drop points against Highlands Park to stay in fifth position

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Absa Premiership result: Mamelodi Sundowns 0 – 0 Highlands Park, 22 August 2018.

Mamelodi Sundowns failed to jump to third spot on the Absa Premiership after producing a 0 – 0 draw at home to PSL rookies, Highlands Park.

The defending champions suffered a red card when Brazilian central defender Ricardo Nascimento was issued his marching orders after verbally offending referee Phelelani Ndaba.

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Highlands nearly got the winner when Ricardo Versuur looked to steal victory in the final minute after cutting inside from the left, but his effort flew wide.

Sundowns coach Mosimane did not hide his disappointment with the referee’s game-management.

“Very much frustrated. The way the game went on. My players did whatever they had to, I’m not encouraging Ricardo [Nascimento] to get the red card,” Mosimane told SuperSport TV.

“Management of the game [by the referee] could be better. I was not happy with Sirino getting a yellow card, I’m not saying it’s not a yellow card, probably the referee is right. They get frustrated, they are human beings but what can I do?” concluded Mosimane.

The opposition coach, Owen Da Gama, seemed happy with the point earned against the defending champions.

“We broke the record for the least number of goals conceded in the NFD last season. To come up against a formidable team as Sundowns, the current champions of the PSL, to play the way these boys played, I’m just proud of them,” Da Gama told local media.

Sundowns will return to action against Cape Town City in the MTN8 semi-finals on Saturday, 25 August 2018, while Park will have a five-day break before they meet Baroka on 29 August 2018.

Siseko Gwegwe
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