We are out of the race -Mphela

MAMELODI Sundowns's star striker Katlego "Killer" Mphela has conceded that the Brazilians will not win the league this season.

Mphela, who has netted 16 goals this season, said they only had themselves to blame for not doing enough to bring the title to Chloorkop.

"I don't think we should blame anyone for our failure to win the championship but ourselves," he said. "It was crucial for us to beat Moroka Swallows but we didn't. We conceded a goal which killed us off.

"Honestly, I don't see us winning the league now and SuperSport are the deserving winners. There's no shame losing out to them since they have been playing well and are deserving winners."

Sundowns and Swallows played to a 3-all draw in their rescheduled clash at Super Stadium on Friday night.

The match was rescheduled for Friday after their encounter on Wednesday night was called off due to a floodlight failure after 35 minutes of play with Swallows 2-0 up. The rescheduled match started from the 35th minute with Swallows's lead intact.

Meanwhile, Downs coach Hristo Stoichkov's comments that his side were denied victory by "corrupt" match officials could land him in trouble. The fiery Bulgarian was unhappy with the performance of referee Buyile Gqubule.

"This was a disaster and there is too much corruption here. You wonder if the referees are a state on their own. It's like the referee at the African Cup of Nations (Jerome Damon). He was so bad, if he was in Europe he would have been changed."

Premier Soccer League chief operations officer Ronnie Schloss said they were waiting for the match report before deciding whether to act against Stoichkov.

"If indeed he said those statements then the matter will be taken up with Zola Majavu (PSL prosecutor)," Schloss said.