AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy has slammed the match officials after his side were controversially reduced to 10 men during their clash against SuperSport United.
AmaZulu's difficult start to the 2021/22 season continued on Tuesday when McCarthy's charges were held to a goalless draw by SuperSport United, extending their winless run to five matches across all competitions since the start of the campaign.
In what was a bruising encounter, Usuthu's task was made more challenging in the 74th minute when new arrival Tercious Malepe was shown a straight red card for a strong challenge on Jamie Webber near the centre circle.
The former South Africa U23 captain won the ball with a lunging tackle but appeared to collect Webber from behind on the way through and was duly shown his marching orders by referee Thando Ndzandzeka.
McCarthy was visibly incensed by the decision and slammed the officials' performance during his post-match press conference, while also calling out Webber for what he perceived to be an over-reaction to Malepe's challenge.
"It was a very physical game which I think went a little bit over physical because the referee couldn't really control the game," the former Bafana Bafana striker said following the match.
"He didn't have the game under control. It was one-way traffic, everything was going in favour of the one team and I think frustrations grew a little bit.
"The tackles went flying in and I thought a clean challenge, a clean tackle from Tercious, winning the ball and not even touching the opposition [was punished].
"But yes, that's the mentality our South African players have these days and then you wonder why they underachieve, why they are mediocre because that's their behaviour.
"Where you want to get opposition players sent off because of diving and rolling over like his leg was broken when they didn't even touch him and the referee falls for it.
"The fourth official sees it right there and he's been speaking to the referee the whole time in his earpiece when we're making a foul, then he tells the referee which way to go, but then he sees this situation, and nothing, then we go down to 10 men.
"With 10 men, I think we showed heart, we showed determination, we showed grit, we showed character to stay in the game and not allow them to create one chance to go on and win the game."
McCarthy is one of a number of former Bafana Bafana stars who have taken up coaching