'The referee was a little harsh on us'

Telkom Knockout

Chippa United coach Norman Mapeza believes the referee was "a little bit harsh" on his side after Tercious Malepe was sent off in the Telkom Knockout loss to Mamelodi Sundowns.

The Chilli Boys held the Brazilians to a 2-2 draw in extra-time in the Telkom Knockout quarter-finals but they missed out on the semi-final spot after losing 4-3 on penalties at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

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"I think it was a good game of football, what I can say is that well done to my boys, we worked so hard, the last ten minutes [of extra-time] we were one man down, we kept our shape, defensively I think we did well today," Mapeza told SuperSport TV.

"We had some few chances, first-half that's where we created some good opportunities, if we managed to get one more goal in the second half I think we could have killed the game," he continued.

"I think the referee was a little bit harsh on us but at the end of the day I'm still new here and I don't want to talk much about the referees, I don't know how they operate, so it's unfortunate to end up getting those six yellow cards, definitely it's going to affect us in our next few matches but you know it has happened and there's nothing we can do."