- Orlando Pirates caretaker co-coach Fadlu Davids was disappointed by the officiating in the 2-1 loss to Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.
- Pirates conceded a late penalty that consigned them to a second defeat this season.
- Davids said their defensive lapses are concerning.
Orlando Pirates caretaker co-coach Fadlu Davids said the officiating in Saturday's 2-1 loss to Kaizer Chiefs in the Soweto Derby left a lot to be desired.
Davids alluded to a post-match conversation with Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter with regards to the officiating, where Davids said Baxter apologised for them not getting a penalty.
Davids said the conversation he had with Baxter summed up Victor Hlungwani's performance as referee.
"When Baxter comes to you and apologises for you not getting a penalty, it gives you an idea of the situation of what was happening," Davids said.
"I don't want to comment on the referee. The mere fact there was an apology tells you that the best team lost in this game.
"I don't want to comment on the game, but his words tell a story."
Davids said the match result did not reflect how well they played and they were punished for not converting their opportunities.
"We were dominant from start to finish, but you must also use the dominance to be able to score the goals," Davids said.
"In our last few games, the goals we have been giving away have been gifts, but were disappointed not to get the win because of our dominance."
One of the penalties that wasn't picked up by Hlungwani was a handball conceded by Pirates defender Thulani Hlatshwayo.
The former Bafana captain has come in for criticism for his performances to a point where he hasn't featured for the national team in Hugo Broos's tenure.
Davids defended Hlatshwayo, saying that he can't shoulder the blame for what is increasingly becoming a collective problem.
"You can't point fingers at Hlatshwayo because we should have been should have been 2-0 up in the first half," Davids said.
"In the Royal AM game, there was miscommunication, and we gave them a gift and in the last game, we also gave away a gift.
"You can't blame one player because it is a team sport, but these mishaps I think are a mental thing because of switching off, but that's one thing we have to work on moving forward."