De Sa: We shouldn't have played

Telkom Knockout

De Sa felt the rain-soaked pitch was too dangerous to play football in after his side came out second best to Pirates in their Telkom Knockout quarter-final clash.

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Pirates adapted better to the conditions to put four goals past the Urban Warriors defence on an extremely wet surface at Orlando Stadium, with De Sa revealing that the match officials told him only lightning would have stopped the game.

"Anywhere else in the world the game would't have taken place, it was a bit of a circus, but there's nothing we can do. It was like that for both teams and they got those two goals from set-pieces which was disappointing for us," De Sa said after the match.

"We tried to play, but you can't play. It wasn't a game of football, it was just kick-and-hope, and that was it. Every pass you make the ball's gonna stop and the guys are gonna slip.

"I was very surprised that the officials allowed it to go on. I thought the rules were, if the ball stops and it becomes dangerous to the footballers then the game has to stop, but obviously, I dunno.

"Everybody struggled, you know, both teams. They took their chances. It was a soft penalty for us as well. For the referee to decide if it was a dive or a slip or a foul was always very difficult so I really dunno why the game went on. It was very dangerous for both teams, but it's done."

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