Tornado: ‘we wuz robbed’
Tornado chair Siphiwo “Mawawa” Nyobo says they were robbed in broad daylight of what could have been a historical win against Kaizer Chiefs at Sisa Dukashe Stadium at the weekend.
Tornado hosted the Soweto giants in a Nedbank Cup last 32 teams clash at the NU2 venue and lost 1-0 after Abongile Twani scored a goal while trying to clear a ball before it reached their goalkeeper Khanya Mini.
Nyobo felt that Chiefs defender Kgotso Moleko had committed a serious foul against their top man Kefuwe Siyoko who was inside the box but match officials opted not to award Siyoko the penalty kick his side needed to stay in the fight.
“We were told he was offside, but I say we were robbed of a clear penalty because I checked the game on slow motion.
“Maybe that penalty would have got us into the penalty shootouts of which that’s like playing Lotto. And I think we could have surprised the country if we reached the penalties,” said Nyobo.
“I don’t see any reason to complain to the PSL because the game has come and gone.
“But it was certainly a balanced game and you could see both sides were prepared to fight tooth and nail.
“It was really a beautiful game to watch and I was so impressed seeing my boys take on Chiefs.” Nyobo took his hat off to the Buffalo City Municipality Metro’s sport and tourism offices for their support and the provincial government for their contribution to the game.
“I can’t forget [provincial Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture], they came through for us with accommodation, transport and meals for the team.
“They also provided a doctor and physio, but most importantly MEC Bulelwa Tunyiswa, thank you to her for her words of encouragement throughout this tough process.
“Also thank you to local businesses Thuso Burial and Kwanda Construction, who always help the team.
“We take Thuso as an official sponsor to the club because they’re always there to support the team where we go. And lastly thanks to the Daily Dispatch for the role they played.
“Plus the support from Siphiwo Mawawa Group for organising the camp last week for the boys, they paid for meals and other logistics.”..