Ajax players angry over 'smiling' ref


Left-back Brett Evans, who sat out the Golden Arrows 2-2 drawn clash at the weekend following suspension, reveals he was angered when referee Thabo Nkosi ‘kept smiling’ while flashing yellow cards during their all important clash against Santos in the Cape derby last Thursday.

The game ended in a 1-1 draw, but Ajax feel aggrieved that Nathan Paulse’s goal that was disallowed.

“I could not believe what I saw. That guy was smiling at us when he was cautioning us. About nine yellow cards were flashed in that game.

“To make matters worse we discovered that the ref was from Pretoria, especially when one realises that the team we were challenging for the League title is from that area. I was gutted because I badly wanted to help the team against Arrows but I was confined to the stands,” said Evans.

Striker Sifiso Vilakazi also shares Evans’ sentiments.

“Sometimes, mfethu, you ask yourself what have you done wrong to deserve such treatment. I think that ref was out to get us. But look it’s no use crying now. We as the players need to motivate ourselves and challenge again next season,” said the former Free State Stars marksman.

At the end of the Arrows’ game, Paulse and defender Eduardo cried uncontrollably in the change room.

Captain Hans Vonk had to beg the Brazilian defender to take control and go to collect his silver medal.

Comitis, too, says there is no point in complaining about the ref’s decisions that cost them the league.

“Look, we have to move on because complaining won’t take us anywhere. I am happy with the good work done by everyone in the team. We have learned something from this setback and we will bounce back stronger in the next campaign. Well done to Supersport United. They were more consistent than us,” said Comitis.

Coach Craig Rosslee said he was hopeful that the Urban Warriors could take a lesson from this setback.

“It is heart-sore to lose like this, but I guess we have to lift our heads high and forge ahead.”