Cape Town - Chippa United coach Norman Mapeza feels that
officials were a "little bit harsh" on his team as they were bundled
out of the Telkom Knockout on penalties against Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday at
the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
The Chilli Boys gave last season's Absa Premiership
champions a proper test and after extra-time the scores 2-2 but eventually lost
out 4-3 in the spot-kicks.
The home team finished the match with 10 men after Tercious
Malepe was sent off while they also conceded a penalty in regulation time as
Sundowns fought back twice to level matters.
Mapeza said after the game: "I think it was a good game
of football, what I can say is that well done to my boys, we worked so hard,
the last ten minutes [of extra-time] we were one man down, we kept our shape,
defensively I think we did well today.
"We had some few chances, first-half that's where we
created some good opportunities, if we managed to get one more goal in the
second half, I think we could have killed the game.
"I think the referee was a little bit harsh on us but
at the end of the day I'm still new here and I don't want to talk much about
Chippa, who are anchored at the bottom of the log, welcome Premiership
leaders Kaizer Chiefs to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Wednesday.
Kick-off is at 19:30.
- TeamTalk Media