'The officials must do justice to us when it's necessary'

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Vusumuzi Vilakazi
Vusumuzi Vilakazi

Golden Arrows co-coach Vusumuzi Vilakazi took issue with the referee after his side's 3-1 defeat to Orlando Pirates.

Velemseni Ndwandwe found the equaliser in the second stanza for Arrows after Monnapule Saleng had given Pirates the lead going to the break.

However, there was controversy in stoppage time as the Buccaneers went ahead through Terrence Dzvukamanja from a play, where Ntsako Makhubela was fouled, according to Vilakazi.

Read: Pirates end three-game losing run

Arrows lost concentration in the end as Vincent Pule fired home the third goal for the Soweto giants.

"Very disappointed, this is my very first time ever since I've been in the coaching industry complaining about the officials," Vilakazi told SuperSport TV.

"An honest mistake that was done by the referee, (Ntsako) Makhubela was fouled which resulted in a goal and I've spoken to him personally after, he even accepts that.

"And it's unfortunate because if Pirates have to redeem themselves but not in our expense. We're here to compete, we're here to fight and this is our job.

"So some other people must not play with our jobs. If Pirates have to win, if they deserve, they will win the game, we fought, we came back second half very strong, we scored a goal, the equaliser and we looked like a team who would score (the second). But such incidents as that one I think it's something that is just unacceptable!"

When asked about the conversation with the referee, Vilakazi added, "I've spoken to him, I approached him nicely and asked him, "Sir, what happened there?" and he said, "I'm sorry"," Vilakazi explained.

"That's what he said and in our expense and we lost the game. I don't care about the third goal because that situation is the one that changed the whole environment but now we we look like we're complaining and we want favours.

"We didn't come here for favours from the referees. We came here to compete and the best team on the day must win the game fairly but it's fine I can't say Orlando Pirates cheated us because Pirates is not here to officiate, they are here to play but the officials must do justice to us when it's necessary."

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