AmaZulu lost 1-0 away to Orlando Pirates in the Nedbank Cup on Sunday afternoon. Head coach Benni McCarthy was left infuriated with the refereeing decisions on the field of play.
Usuthu three legitimate penalty appeals on the day, with only one of them given. That subsequent penalty was missed by defender Tapelo Xoki, in the 80th minute of the match.
At that stage, they were trailing after Deon Hotto had given The Buccaneers a 1-0 lead, which the hosts saw off in the end.
“I’m going to say out of courtesy congratulations to Pirates.” McCarthy said to SuperSport TV.
“They took their chance that came to them and they scored and for us you saw what we were about and if there was in this life justice, we would be standing here saying a different story.
“If you are a football lover and you see what’s happening in the game when it comes to decisions that cost your team, to get knocked out of the competition.
“I counted three penalties so because we get one, you must now be happy because it’s justice. Hey, come on, there is no justice.
“It was a great game of football. Yes, we’re a small team but on the pitch, we show a lot of heart and a lot of character and I can’t be prouder of this group of players that we have.
“Being away from home. But for us a lot of positives to take away and we can only get better and I’m super proud of my players and they couldn’t have done more.
“They were beaten by the man in the middle today, not by our opponents and I’m going to stick to that because that’s my feeling and everyone else that loves football and knows football. We weren’t beaten by our opponents today.”
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