Benni: Bucs fouled De Jong for first goal


AmaZulu FC head coach Benni McCarthy felt his side were hard done by with Orlando Pirates' opening goal on Wednesday evening.

The sides played to a 1-1 draw at Kings Park on Wednesday evening, with Usuthu getting their 10th draw of the campaign.

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McCarthy said that De Jong was clearly fouled on the halfway line before Pirates won the ball back and sent Deon Hotto in behind with the Namibian burying the ball past Veli Mothwa and into the back of the net.

"I was genuinely convinced that it was a free-kick," McCarthy told SuperSport TV.

"The player never got anything of the ball. He took De Jong out and the referee waved play on. It was on the halfway mark of the pitch. And then straight from there one pass in behind and then they got the goal. So we all just felt that we were a little bit hard done by and a decision that went against you cost you the goal."

However, the Usuthu mentor was delighted with his team's response.

"We took it on the chin. And then we showed people the character, the resilience, the AmaZulu that we know. We don't shy away from a fight. We don't shy away from getting into the game and getting dirty. Getting our kit dirty because we want to work for the cause. And then we started playing the way we're supposed to play. Creating a few chances.

"A draw probably a fair result. But I think the team that created the chances, you know we created far better clear-cut chances and you know if you don't score that all important second goal then you've got an Orlando Pirates team that will keep coming at you until the last minute because they have a massive squad that they can rotate and I think the fitness team that they have that gets their team to the level.

"So we take a draw, another one, and like I said I'm hating to sound like that. But I'm seeing Swallows have adapted to Durban. But listen my players have given everything, they fought, but I am getting tired of all the draws now," concluded McCarthy.

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