Senong bemoans sending off of Phillips

SA National Teams

National under-20 coach Thabo Senong has bemoaned the sending off of Keenan Phillips in Amajita’s opening FIFA World Cup game against Argentina on Saturday.

Amajita were holding their own until a Video Referee Assistant decision went against them and a penalty was awarded to the South Americans, who coverted to make it 2-1. After the penalty was scored, it was downhill for Amajita who were down to 10-man when Phillips unnecesarily kicked an opponents, a called which was brought to the referee’s attention by VAR. Senong’s boys went on to lose 5-2 and will next face Korea Republic on Tuesday.

“It is quite unfortunate that we lost our first match against Argentina. Argentina are a very good side and our boys gave it their all in that matchup. All is not lost though as we still have another six points to fight for in our remaining two group fixtures.

“We face Korea Republic in our second group match, who also suffered a defeat in their first game. You can rest assured that it is not going to be an easy match, however, we will fight for a positive result.

“Keenan Phillips had a very good match up until he got send off in the second half,” Senong said. “I did not get a good glimpse of what happened there, however, the send off  put us in a very bad position because we began to struggle to contain Argentina in the rearguard. We will prepare accordingly and we have come here with a quality group of players and I am confident that the person that will slot into Keenan’s position will not disappoint.”