Mapeza: I think the referee was a little bit harsh on us

2019-11-04 11:20
Norman Mapeza
Norman Mapeza (Getty Images)

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 the referees."

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


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