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Pitso Mosimane says Victor Gomes is his favourite PSL referee

Mosimane has recently reined in his comments on match officials given his previous troubles with the PSL.
However, the Brazilians boss feels his assistant Rhulani Mokwena was unfairly dispatched to the stands during the club's 1-0 win over Highlands Park in the Nedbank Cup last month.
Mosimane has revealed he had a man-to-man chat with Gomes regarding Mokwena's dismissal at Makhulong Stadium.
“I am forever busy with the fourth official to take out my frustrations but it is in a positive way because we hug each other and we laugh. We have fun there. I have said to myself that this year I am not talking against anybody else, against any referee and why should I? I have not done it and if I wanted to speak about referees I could have spoken about the referees in the big game at Moses Mabhida in the cup final (against Kaizer Chiefs) but I never spoke about any referee. I think that has really helped me,” says Mosimane before then making mention of the only official he has confronted.
“I don’t speak about any referees but I spoke to Gomes personally. Me and him! It was not about the game. I spoke to him about the issue of Rhulani. I was not happy with how he handled it and I read his technical report and it is a big contrast to what he said about why he sent Rhulani from the bench. There is also audio because the mics (microphones) were very close. Rhulani never sweared [sic] at him but he said in his report that he sweared [sic] at him yet Rhulani never sweared [sic] at him. The fourth official was very close to me and that is the only incident that I spoke to Gomes about. I told him (Gomes) that you know, I know and Rhulani knows and your assistant knows that Rhulani never sweared [sic] at you for you to send him off.
“In his report he was saying that Rhulani was acting in a… I don’t know the technical line… violent gestures and what, what. You know they can always find something and that is why he sent him off as that is what he said in his report. When he came to us on the bench he said he was sent off because he sweared [sic] at him but no.”
Gomes has a reputation for dishing out cards and penalties, infamously awarding five spot-kicks in a league match between The Brazilians and Ajax Cape Town in 2014. And while Mosimane feels Gomes has lacked his “spark” on continental assignments, he insists he still has a soft spot for the 33-year-old.
“But it still remains that he is my favourite referee, he is still my favourite but what I miss out of him is that when he goes across the border he loses the spark. I mean the vibe, the spark and the energy that he has when he is Kinshasa, when he is in Lubumbashi, when he is in Mozambique. I was watching him in the game between Vita and Ferroviario and I am going to tell him that where is the spark my friend when you cross the border,” says Mosimane.
Gomes was in charge of Sundowns’ recent games against Bloemfontein Celtic and Highlands Park.
Sphamandla Ntshokotsha

Sphamandla Ntshokotsha

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