Hunt furious with the ref

2010-09-20 09:14

Johannesburg - Gavin Hunt slammed referee Jacob Frolick after SuperSport United 's 2-1 defeat to city rivals Mamelodi Sundowns at the Lucas Moripe stadium on Saturday night.

The reigning PSL champions had led through a 35th-minute strike by Dipsy Selolwane, but the Brazilians clawed their way back to steal all the spoils in the final minutes of the Tshwane derby.

However, Hunt believes that Frolick should have ruled out Mabhuti Khenyeza's equaliser in the 85th minute as he felt it was offside.

"Their first goal was offside you can see it on a TV. It is offside, but well that's our football and what else can we do," said the three-time league winning coach.

"Anyway we can't complain about that we had enough chances to win the game and we have ourselves to blame, there is no way they should have won the game because we had more chances to win. What can I do? We should have won this game."

Hunt further bemoaned the chances missed by his charges throughout the encounter. "Fikru (Tefera) had a chance in the first minute of the game and he did cut in but didn't score," he added.

"We should have been 3-0 up in the first half , but then we only scored once out of all the chances we got. Even in the second half we should have scored. We had three or four chances but we didn't score."

The 46-year-old mentor insisted his men could not be accused of throwing away points due to the "offside goal" which was awarded to Downs.

"With their first goal being offside how could we have thrown away the game? It is one of those things," Hunt said.

"But we have to blame ourselves as well. We have to take our chances and kill the game off when we have an opportunity to do that but we didn't do it."


  • tbos - 2010-09-20 10:07

    Well!!! the game is won in 90min. The rules are clear where in dought give the strikers benefit of dought. You know as a coach if you play an off-side trap you have to concentrate the whole match. gavin should stop moaning and prepare the team for the next match, soccer has an element of luck and this time sundowns were the winners.

  • Rockman - 2010-09-20 10:25

    and that is why I do not waste my time with local soccer. Too many incompetent refs and it seems that everyone is on the take. As long as television does not play a part in aiding the decisions made by these incompetents I am sure that the people attending these games will be limited. What is the use of preparing your team when a ruling made by one person can undo all that. Local soccer curl up and die.

  • Eugene - 2010-09-20 10:30

    Blame it on a lack of transformation... the same old story.

  • Woodpecker - 2010-09-20 10:48

    The heading here should actually be "Habas furious with the ref" based on the clear penalty his team was denied by this ref.

  • Luyolo - 2010-09-20 11:55

    It is the same old song from Gavin Hunt when he loses a game against one of the big teams and I qoute: "I have been in South African soccer for a long time". Gavin be a gentleman and give credit where it's due.

  • tman - 2010-09-20 12:39

    Gavin you have only seen the offside goal that was scored, Sundowns should have been awarded a penalty in the first half, why dont you mention that one, stop complaining man.

  • HK - 2010-09-20 13:05

    I think the title and introductory paragraph of this piece is misleading. From the quotes it seems like Gavin Hunt is blaming himself and his team just as much as he is blaming the ref for the loss.

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