Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson says Sphamandla Mlilo will learn from three red cards
Posted: 12 May 2017 Time: 13:55
Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson says young defender Sphamandla Mlilo will learn from getting sent off three times in his first season in the topflight.
The 22-year-old received his marching orders against SuperSport United, Baroka (Nedbank Cup) and most recently versus African champions Mamelodi Sundowns on May 4.
Johnson feels Mlilo was hard done by with the dismissals.
"I think the referees were bit harsh on him in all three. Yes, maybe he deserves the one yellow card but in all three red cards that he got, for me the other teams pushed it more," says Johnson.
"Because when you look when we played Mamelodi Sundowns and Sundowns is a R90-million team, Pitso Mosimane is a R40m coach and you talk to the referees, obviously there's an intimidation, and that's why he got these red cards.
"The same way against SuperSport United, they intimidated him and they send someone to him. He's a youngster, he's going to learn...what can I do? He's going to learn."
Mlilo served the second instalment of a three-match ban in the goalless draw with Maritzburg United on Wednesday night.
Dikwena next host MC Alger in their CAF Confederation Cup Group D opener at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday (17h00).