‘Benni Complained Last Week & Got A Pen This Week’
Brandon Truter says his Swallows team only woke up after going down to AmaZulu, as his fifth-placed team lost only their second game in the DStv Premiership this season.
AmaZulu won 1-0 thanks to Thapelo Xoki’s penalty, a spot kick Truter doesn’t feel should have been given.
While Truter says his team started poorly, they came back in the second half, and he thought it was a very good last third of the game, from both teams.
“Look, I think we had an awful first half, we weren’t here,” Truter said after the game.
“Then we came out also with none of the intensity that I like. And then AmaZulu scored first and then we reacted, and then only we wanted to come alive.
“So ja, we weren’t our best today. But yet we still had moments on the counter, on the breaks in the first half. Lack of decision making, lack of final pass, of awareness, in attack, but thats been our season so far.
“And then you come to the second half and ja, you get a penalty like that. I’m not sure if it was a penalty.
“The linesman didn’t give it, the ref ran and pointed to a spot, the very same ref last week that Manqoba complained about, this week as well. But Benni complained about it as well, referees last week, and now he gets a reaction, and gets a penalty, we didn’t get any.
“And definitely there was some penalty shouts in there as well, that I think we could have benefited. But I won’t like to comment too much about the referees. But it’s it’s every week, Benni, Manqoba, and now me, especially towards the end of the season, this is ongoing things, every season. Referees gets called into the spotlight, so ja, it’s something to look into.
“But we should focus on our teams I think AmaZulu and Swallows both of them actually, the last 30 minutes both teams showed what they can do, and AmaZulu showed why they’re second as well, they had good moments, we had good moments as well, and it’s two top five teams that played here today.”
Truter also passed on congratulations to Benni McCarthy and his team for finishing second and qualifying for the CAF Champions League.
“Pity there wasn’t any fans in the stadium but it was entertaining there towards the end,” ‘Brakes’ continued
“Well done to Benni and his team for qualifying for Africa. Congratulations to the whole club and the owners as well and I’m sure they will do well in Africa.”