Absa Premiership

Benni accepts Baroka result, but hits out at officiating

2019-01-14 11:12
Benni McCarthy
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Cape Town - Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy still believes the single biggest obstacle facing his team during this Absa Premiership campaign is the officiating in the league.

City, who still harbour aspirations of winning the Absa Premiership title, now find themselves nine points behind league leaders Bidvest Wits but the race to the title could have and should have been so much closer.

Two more points were dropped against Baroka FC on Saturday, in a game which City ended up having to chase. While McCarthy accepts that his team wasted a good opportunity for maximum points, he is also unconvinced that officials are prepared to give his team the 50/50 calls when they matter most.

Baroka were awarded a dubious penalty to take a 2-1 lead when an attempted cross struck a City defender's arms from point-bank range.

"Decent performance. I asked for them (the players) to start the game off well and they did exactly that. Unfortunately, with the few missed chances. We could have probably been 2-0 to the good at half time," said McCarthy.

"And then second half ja, we started slow and then players dropped their heads. And then we were 2-1 down and chasing the game. Baroka is not the kind of team you want to chase the game with. They hold the ball well, they try and hit you on the counter, then it becomes difficult," added McCarthy, whose team managed to walk away with a 2-2 draw.


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