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Phakaaathi Reporter
1 minute read
12 Nov 2019
10:24 am

Mokwena accuses Chiefs’ Parker of diving in Soweto derby

Phakaaathi Reporter

Orlando Pirates coach Rulani Mokwena has questioned the way in which Kaizer Chiefs were awarded a penalty in the Soweto derby over the weekend.

Bernard Parker of Kaizer Chiefs (Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images)

Mokwena believes Chiefs striker Bernard Parker dived in the penalty box to win a spot-kick and the winning goal for his side in the dying minutes of the game.

“I’m looking forward to the Fifa break. Fortunately or unfortunately‚ doctors have to work on broken noses‚ bruised eyes‚ broken knees. That’s the first thing‚” said Mokwena.

“And the second thing is I’m definitely not working on taekwondo‚ judo‚ or swimming. The manner in which you lose is important. I said to the players at halftime‚ I said when you’re a soldier and sign up to serve you go to war‚ and they find that you’re dead in the jungle‚ they do a post mortem. If they find that the bullet was shot at your back because you were running away‚ they call you a coward.

“So there’s a certain way that Orlando Pirates must lose football matches. But not allowing the opponents to bully them and all of that.

“There’s a certain way we have to respond to the game and there’s a certain way we’ve got to play. And when we lose‚ we lose to a better opponent.

“Like I said‚ Kaizer Chiefs are good enough to beat us on tactics. This is a strong Kaizer Chiefs team. They made rotations of eight players against Chippa (United) and they beat Chippa (2-0 on Wednesday).

“But we don’t accept (being) bullied and I’ve got to say kudos to the players for their never-say-die attitude. I’m very proud of the Orlando Pirates players.”

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