De Sa: Was a circus out there

2014-10-27 07:35
Roger de Sa (Supplied)
Roger de Sa (Supplied)
Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town head coach Roger de Sa says Saturday's Telkom Knockout encounter against Orlando Pirates should have been called off.

De Sa was visiting his former team for the first time since their relationship ended earlier this year, before he took the job at Ikamva.

The Urban Warriors lost the quarter-final clash 4-1 under wet conditions at the Orlando Stadium, and the 50-year-old tactician believes the match should not have gone on.

"Anywhere else in the world, the game wouldn't have taken place," De Sa said in his post-match interview. "It was a little bit of a circus but there was nothing we could do, it was like that for both teams.

"They got those two goals from the set-pieces, which was disappointing for us, we tried to play but we can't play, it wasn't a game of football, it was kick and hope and that was it.

"They were going to try and play kick it up and hope for the best and every pass you make, the ball is going to stop and guys are going to slip.

"I was very surprised that the officials allowed it to go on, I thought the rules were if the ball (stops) and it becomes dangerous to the footballers the game has to stop."

The former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper emphasised that he was not speaking against the decision to play the cup-tie because he was on the losing side.

"I was told that only lightning will stop the game," he continued. "I think it was pretty dangerous for both teams, even if we were winning to be honest, it wasn't a question of if we were winning or if we were losing.

"It was obvious for all to was a matter somebody getting injured, I think fortunately the guys kept their heads. The score was a little bit too high and it became non-competitive, so that helped a bit, but it could have been ugly."


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