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Wednesday Mar 15, 2017. 11:30
In the wake of their 1-0 loss at the hands of Tanzania's Azam FC, Mbabane Swallows lamented poor officiating in their Confederations Cup away tie last weekend.
The Swaziland-based side will now hope to score twice and not concede this weekend in their Confederation Cup first round return leg.
According to Swallows coach Thabo Vilakati, Azam's goal was a clear offside and has expressed his unhappiness at Benin's referees.
“From where I was in technical area, it was difficult for one to see but where the assistant referee was positioned, it was easy to see that it was an offside,” said Vilakati.
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“I have even watched some clips how the goal was scored, it is clear that it was not supposed to count.”
On the other hand, Vilakati added that they were also denied a penalty before the offside goal was scored where an Azam defender handled the ball inside the box, but the referee gave a corner kick.
“It is still not over as we have the second leg match in our hands on Sunday. We played very well and the players were able to stick to the game plan,” adds Vilakati.
“We wanted to come back home with a win to make things easier for us here at home but then they scored with an offside goal.”
The hosts will hope to win the second leg match on Sunday at Somhlolo National Stadium.