United chairperson Kadodia dismayed at red cards shown to Team of Choice’s officials

2012-12-10 00:00

THERE was more refereeing drama for Maritzburg United on Friday night when they went down 1-0 to Ajax Cape Town at Athlone Stadium after two members of their technicalteam were sent off for dissent midway through the first half.

It was United’s third loss of the season.

Referee Victor Gomes, who had controversially sent off United centreback Mohamed Awal against Platinum Stars just three days earlier, gave Team of Choice biokineticist Burger van der Merwe his marching orders midway through the first half after it appeared Van der Merwe had said something to the match official. Protesting the sending off, assistant coach Ronnie Kanalelo also got on the wrong side of Gomes and he too was sent off.

After a gritty United display the goal finally came in the 86th minute through Ajax midfielder Toriq Losper, but United chairperson Farouk Kadodia, while not happy at the appointment of Gomes as the match official, was far happier with his side’s display.

“It is the first time in all my years of soccer that I have seen the same match official refereeing back-to-back games for the same team,” he said. “When the players got to the stadium and saw that it was the same ref as three days earlier it was psychologically tough on them.”

Speaking of the sending off itself, Kadodia was equally disappointed. “The cards were just uncalled for,” he said. “There was no word of warning at all.”

But red cards aside, Kadodia added that the squad appeared in good shape and that this weekend’s clash with Orlando Pirates at Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth would still be competitive.

“The performance was good and the boys gave a far better account of themselves than they did against Platinum Stars,” said Kadodia.

“The players all have big match temperament and they will be up for the Pirates game and fully capable of putting in a performance like they did against Kaizer Chiefs [1-1 at Harry Gwala stadium].”

With United still occupying fourth position on the log, Kadodia added that there was no need for any panicking after seeing his side lose back-to-back fixtures for the first time this season.

“There is definitely no cause for panic,” he said.

“We have had a good start to the season and the players are all still extremely committed.”

The clash against Pirates is on Friday night and kicks off at 8 pm on SuperSport Four.

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