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Al Wahda’s struggles continue, Mosimane’s patience wanes

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It seems Al Wahda head coach Pitso Mosimane is feeling the heat in the UAE Pro League as he was fuming after his team’s back-to-back defeats.

Pitso Mosimane also questioned the use of Video Assistant Refereeing (VAR) technology and also blasted his troops for squandering clear-cut chances.

On Friday night, Al Wahda lost 2-1 against Baniyas FC at the Baniyas Stadium, having also suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Shabab.

However, it was Al Wahda’s most recent defeat that saw Mosimane blasted his players for being blunt in front of goal.

Mosimane’s troops lost the game from a winning position as they were in control of the match for long periods and took the lead through Facundo Kruspzky in the first half.

Pitso Mosimane at a conference

However, one of his players was awarded a red card just before halftime and scored two late goals to complete a comeback victory.

The ex-Bafana Bafana coach, Mosimane was critical of the refereeing, particularly the use of VAR. He felt that his team should have been awarded a penalty for a handball in the second half, and that VAR should have intervened to correct the referee’s decision. 

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“I cannot teach the players how to score goals. In the last two matches, we lost due to missing easy opportunities,” said Mosimane.

“I am sad about the loss, and I feel disappointed. “I came to UAE to coach Al Wahda, and I do not know what to say to the players if they are controlling the outcome of the match. It is not acceptable for us to lose [against Bani Yas], and I am sad because of the refereeing errors.

“Even the Bani Yas players did not receive yellow cards. I do not know why there is VAR. [VAR] problems are becoming more sensitive. We received another undeserved loss, and I accept this bitter defeat, but what is the benefit of having video technology?” 

 It is still early days in the season as Mosimane’s team has only played five games, winning two and losing three. They are in 10th place on the log standings.

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