Johnson Blames Referee For Downs Loss

PICTURE: Soccer Laduma

By Isaac Ndou

DURBAN: It was yet another weekend of football followed by criticism of match officials and this time it was AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson blaming their 3-1 home loss to league title leading contenders Mamelodi Sundowns on Friday night.

A brace from Sibusiso Vilakazi and a goal from Ricardo Nascimento ensured Downs the three points while AmaZulu’s solitary goal came from Mhlengi Cele. Johnson believes his team had a fair chance of beating Sundowns but some decisions from match official Kulasander Qongqo proved to lead that possibility astray.

“It’s hard, I thought we had a penalty shootout in the first half. We could have been 1-0 up before they scored their goal. At 1-1, I thought both teams were going at each other and they scored the second goal but you have to give them credit for the quality they have in their team.”

“But then, the man in the middle spoiled the game not only for me but for the spectators who come here and paid good money to watch the game. He spoiled the game and after that I think the game went out of the window. We tried to press them and enter their final third but we were not clinical enough. The decision on the third goal blew the whole game out of the window. It was just not good enough, completely unacceptable,” explained Johnson on the club website. 

The loss meant that Usuthu’s hopes of squeezing into the top 8 after the weekend’s action were shattered and will have to wait for the next game to resume their hopes. The result favoured Pitso Mosimane’s troops as they have added more pace to their title run away mission.