Benni blasts referee after Pirates defeat


Amazulu coach Benni McCarthy pulled no punches after his side succumbed to a second defeat on the trot, at Orlando Stadium against fourth placed Orlando Pirates on Thursday.

AmaZulu last played a league match on 11 May against Baroka at King Zwelithini Stadium, where they lost 1-0.

The Usuthu mentor felt the man in the middle was against his team, whom he believed could have clinched a point from the match.

“It’s unfortunate you know, I think the best we could have gotten out of this game was a draw, which would’ve been very fair. But of course the referees today had other ideas,” McCarthy lamented.

“Things didn’t go the way we expected, the way we wanted you know, like I said to the boys, these are three cup finals.

“Every team wants to beat us, most teams want to be where we are, so if we are not focused, if we are not prepared, if we don’t have the right commitment, then we gonna make things difficult.

“I can’t fault my team for commitment and effort you know, we were outplayed by the referees.

“Orlando Pirates didn’t play as good as taking all three points, but in football it happens sometimes luck goes your way, the referee gives you certain decisions that goes well for you.

“From one of the decisions, they score the goal and yeah we live to leak our wounds, but now we need to pick ourselves up,” said McCarthy.

The Cape Town-born coach also alluded to his team’s long break without any competitive football, which he believes might have affected them badly.

“Also if we played, two and half weeks we haven’t had a single game, no friendly game, no nothing and everybody else has played. So the amount of time, the rest period, losing that momentum also played a big part you know.”

By Wonga Sirayi

FARPost’s KZN Reporter

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