Luscuito livid after ref blunder

Bakgaga managed to record a 2-1 win over their Limpopo rivals that moves them top of the play-off standings but the result was not without controversy.

Early into proceedings Lidoda Duvha stopper Rotshidzwa Muleka rushed off his line to claim a loose ball and was clattered into by Sipho Moeti - a clash which rendered the keeper unconscious.

Despite having had two hands on the ball prior to the collision, play was allowed to continue and Moeti touched the ball back for Victor Lesoalo to lob into an unguarded net.

"I don't understand why the referee allowed the first goal because my goalkeeper is very seriously injured. Maybe for him football is finished [sic]. I pray to God that it is not serious," a despondent Luscuito said.

"I'm sorry, but Baroka not putting the ball out [was wrong] but this is football, what do you want?

"I'm very disappointed, I'm sorry. You know we worked hard to get into the play-offs and after five minutes your work is undone because my goalkeeper is out and the referee allowed the goal."

Meanwhile, Baroka coach Kgoloko Thobejane saw nothing untoward with the manner in which the opener was scored.

"It was not a foul. The goalkeeper was going for the ball. Our player was going for the ball. Neither of them got the ball and then we got the ball and scored," he said after the game.

Besides the contentious decision, Luscuito also bemoaned his players' lack of character during the opening stanza.

"We didn't start the game well, I don't know why. Maybe Baroka have more experience than us," he stated.

"If you don't have character throughout the match you can't win. Today we started the match without character. We lost a lot of passes, our position on the pitch was too far from the opponent and it's a problem.

"In the second-half I thought we played with more character but you know to start the second-half and you are down 2-0 to experienced players it is not easy. But I congratulate my players for the second-half and I hope there is a good result for us on Saturday when Baroka play Stellenbosch."

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