“It is unfortunate because now is like we are victims of each and every game,” said John Maduka, disappointment evident in his voice as he decried what he strongly believes was a continuation of poor officiating during Bloemfontein Celtic matches.
Maduka said the incompetence of referees has profound, wide-ranging implications after Celtic suffered a 4-3 defeat at the hands of AmaZulu in what was a thrilling DStv Premiership match at Kings Park Stadium in Durban on Tuesday afternoon.
The Celtic mentor feels some decisions from the referee affected his team, and the outcome could have been different if the match officials did a good job.
“We started a little bit slow, we conceded early in the game, a very sloppy goal which I think we could have defended much better, although it looked like it was a handball,” said Maduka referring to Augustine Mulenga’s opener in the 12th minute of the match.
Abongile Tom, the man in the middle on the day, awarded AmaZulu their fifth penalty of the season (the most by any team) with Thato Lingwati adjudged to have fouled Mulenga in the box early in the second half.
On second inspection, the decision looked dubious as the foul appeared to have taken place outside the box. The penalty was converted by Tapelo Xoki.
“They were given a penalty which I think from where I was standing it looked like it was outside the box,” said Maduka.
“But the referee gave the penalty, so some decisions haven’t been going our way but what can we do?
“There’s bad officiating and the mistakes made by the officials do also contribute to the game. It is just unfortunate that there are so many games that we have played and in those games, we have been most of the time become victims of bad officiating.
“It is very disappointing that we lost the game and we conceded soft goals but, in a game, where you score three goals you must be able to win the game.
“So, it is something we have to continue working on especially when it comes to our defence because you can only win games if you defend well,” concluded the ‘Siwelele’ tactician.
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