Cape Town - Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy slammed the
officiating on display as 'diabolical' following their Telkom Knockout defeat
to Kaizer Chiefs.
City led through striker Kermit Erasmus' 34th-minute strike
but Samir Nurkovic's 84th-minute equaliser sent the game to extra-time and
eventually penalties, where Chiefs triumphed 4-2 on spot-kicks.
And McCarthy seemed to take issue with the standard of
refereeing, which he described as 'diabolical'.
"They say coaches when you lose you complain about the
referee, but it was plain to see the referees today was diabolical," the
Citizens mentor told SuperSport TV.
"You know, (my) players could’ve been injured long term with
some challenges, there were certain instances where players could’ve been
Despite the defeat, the City boss thought his side were the
better of the two on the day but had only themselves to blame due to their
wastefulness in front of goal.
"We played football. We opened their defence apart,
one-on-one with the goalkeeper and we didn’t put the ball in the net. Kermit
(chance) 2-0 up, I think Chiefs don’t come back," said Bafana's all-time
"Overall, it was a great game of football. Today we showed
what a great team we are, what a team we can be if we learn to bloody score more
"You score one and then you're happy instead of getting a
second, a third or a fourth, and we come to shoot ourselves in the end."
- TeamTalk Media