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AmaZulu Coach – Officiating Vs Pirates A Shame For The Country

AmaZulu head coach Pablo Franco Martin says the officiating in their 4-2 Nedbank Cup quarter-final defeat to Orlando Pirates was a scandal and a shame to the country.

The Spaniard was riled up in the post-match interview with SuperSport presented Phumlani Msibi over the penalty call before the end of the first half.

Former Usuthu captain Makhehlene Makhaula was adjudged to have been fouled by Taariq Fielies which Patrick Maswanganyi subsequently stepped up to find a crucial equaliser.

“Do you want me to talk about football or what really decided this game? I’m asking you, football or what really decided this game? This is the problem we’re having here that the games are decided by some people who aren’t players,” Franco told SuperSport TV.

“Again, a scandal, a huge scandal, we played against the best team in [cup] competitions and we reached [for the first time] after 12 years the quarter-finals of the Nedbank Cup, after 15 minutes where they dominated us, we balanced, we took the lead.

“We won the first half, even if the scoreboard says something different, we won it. And in the second half, it was an open game, nice game, nice fight, we got back to 2-2, we hit the crossbar, we could have won the game from there.

“But in the end with this score, it’s as if they won in a fair way and it’s not true, it’s something happening the whole season with AmaZulu, the results are decided by someone else, who thinks we don’t have family, that we don’t work very hard.”

Franco, to his credit, has been consistent in his displeasure with some indifferent officiating this season, however, many other coaches in the Premier Soccer League, have also been vocal and on the receiving end.

“We want want we deserve. Do you need me to tell you? It was not evident? Do you really need to ask me the question? Did you not watch the game, the images, what happened,” he said.

“We could have received a red card [after the penalty decision] which was crazy, the normal thing is we could normally control ourselves but my team, after such scandal, we came back into the pitch with controlled emotions.

“We played with disciplined and quality and okay we didn’t get the result, when you play against these circumstances, it’s a pity but we’re now used to it, you know, we know what we can expect when we playing these kind of opponents. It’s a shame for the country.”

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.