Rhulani pleads for intervention


Orlando Pirates coach Rhulani Mokwena was left irked by refereeing decisions going against his side this weekend as he pleaded for media scrutiny of the officials.

Pirates were held to a 3-3 draw despite fighting back from 2-0 down inside 10 minutes against Cape Town City, but arguably could have won the match 4-3 had a legitimate appeal for a penalty late on been awarded.

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The result was troubling for The Buccaneers, who find themselves with just two wins from 10 games in all competitions this season, but the controversy was also a major post-match talking point.

Referee Thando Ndzandzeka was at the centre of attention after taking a yellow card out of his pocked to book City captain Thamsanqa Mkhize, only to put it back after realising the player had already been booked and he would then be sent off, before Zukile Kewuti later kicked Thabiso Monyane from behind inside his own box but instead a foul was awarded for simulation.

“Two big calls, but you must write about them. The media must write about it – we have to improve the standard of officiating, but we can’t talk about those things,” reacted Mokwena.

“We can’t, you guys must write about these things. You write about us coaches, you write about players, the media must write about referees.

“Someone must be brave and write an article about referees. No penalty for Pirates this entire season, and I can give you incidents going from game to game.

“We don’t talk about those, that’s why I say please can someone be brave and write about it – that’s it.”

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