Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen turns a blind eye to case of mistaken identity
Posted: 19 March 2018 Time: 08:43
Golden Arrows Clinton Larsen sarcastically said referee Thando Ndzandzeka was “outstanding” despite a case of mistaken identity in their match against Orlando Pirates on Saturday.
Arrows defender Limbikani Mzava received his marching orders 11 minutes into the second half, but the card was meant to be given to Mzwandile Buthelezi after his bone crunching tackle on Bucs’ Luvuyo Memela.
The Malawian international defender was far from the incident and, even though Arrows players were protesting the decision, Ndzandzeka stood by decision to send the former Mpumalanga Black Aces for an early shower.
After the final whistle, Larsen shook hands with the two assistant referees, but he did not shake hands with Ndzandzeka.
When asked if he got an explanation from the referee, Larsen said he didn’t.
The former Bloemfontein Celtic coach was asked why he described Ndzandzeka’s performance as outstanding even though he clearly sent off the wrong man, he just acted surprised by it all.
“Is that what happened? I didn’t know. But it was a costly mistake I felt.”
Larsen is unlikely to appeal the decision made by the referee.
“I don’t send letters unfortunately. I got no idea, you can speak to the club about that.”
Arrows were beaten 2-1 by the Buccaneers at Princess Magogo Stadium. Despite the defeat, Larsen seemed pleased with the team's fighting spirit and believes they can finish in a respectable position.
“If we keep fighting the way we do, like we did today, we got a big chance of finishing in the respectable position,” Larsen told reporters after the game.
Arrows have only won two of their last 21 matches in all competitions and they lie in 12th on the standings, with 27 points from 24 league matches. They are only three points ahead of second from bottom Ajax Cape Town, who occupy the play-off position.