There Was Some Incredible Time Wasting In The South African Premier League
The South Africa Premier League saw some time wasting of such epic levels that even Jose Mourinho might has squirmed at how far it went.
No matter how annoyed football fans get at the opposition for time wasting, there isn't a single team on the planet that haven't engaged in the dark art but one side in South Africa took it to a new place.
In last Wednesday night's game between Mamelodi Sundowns and Blem Celtic the Sundowns, leading 2-1, got a corner in the 81st minute, by the time they'd taken the set piece it was the 86th minute.
During the five minutes four Sundowns' players went to take the corner, three were booked, and the manager also made a substitution - incredible work.
Madoda :pensive: :cry: :sob: :joy: pic.twitter.com/QR9XBaNqzd- Man's NOT Barry Roux (@AdvoBarryRoux) February 24, 2020
Sibusiso Vilakazi put the home side ahead after just 15 minutes before Ndumiso Mabena equalised for Celtic 15 minutes later.
The home side retook the lead through midfielder Hlompho Kekana on 55 minutes and held on to the lead, thanks in part to wasting five minutes at the end of the game.
Gaston Sirino, Vilakazi and Hlompho Kekana were all booked for their inability to take the corner in a swift manner, before Kekana was subbed off.
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The Sundowns have won the title in the past two seasons but aren't having it all their own way this season and are currently chasing the Kaizer Chiefs.
The Chiefs are on 45 points after 20 games, four points clear of their title rivals in second place, and the defending champions have to travel Johannesburg later this season.
Hopefully the Sundowns take a lead at some point and then go full Mourinho and take an example from Chelsea's game against Liverpool in the infamous Steven Gerrard slip match when the Blues spent much of the game time wasting.
Sundowns sh*thousery wasn't the only such act in African football last week with a coach in Zanzibar literally stripping to celebrate in front of the fans of a team who had sacked him, after his current team beat them.
In Zanzibar coach Mani Gamera of Miembeni has been suspended for 6 months and fined circa $200 after his celebrations in his side's 1-0 win over his former employers Jang'ombe. :soccer::flag_tz: pic.twitter.com/VEFoWs4UXF- Salim Masoud Said (@salimosaid) February 21, 2020
You love to see it.