Monday Oct 21, 2019. 18:00
Cape Town City head coach Benni McCarthy didn’t hold back in his assessment of referee Abongile Tom’s performance.
Tom struggled to control a heated Telkom Knockout fixture between the Citizens and Kaizer Chiefs in the Mother City on Saturday.
While both teams were guilty of ill-timed tackles and off the ball challenges in a game that surprisingly failed to yield a single sending off, City midfielder Mpho Makola was the luckiest of the lot.
The former Orlando Pirates man clearly shoved Tom in protest of an Amakhosi penalty – which Daniel Cardoso missed – escaping with just a yellow card.
McCarthy, though, was of the opinion that Tom was in favour of the visiting team with Chiefs ultimately coming out on top following a tense penalty shoot-out.
“The referee was terrible today, he might as well have put on a Kaizer Chiefs shirt and then I hear he is from Cape Town so he had to prove a point that he was not being biased?
“But I think he forced the issue a little bit, I think there could have been far more incidents and he just wanted to show that he is from Cape Town and that’s it,” McCarthy told the media following the game.
“It was a one way traffic, Craig Martin was getting chopped left, right and centre and people are saying that we should have been a player less and the referee let us off the hook?
But Chiefs should have been two players less. That Lebo[hang Manyama] tackle, that is sending him to hospital and it’s his season over, but he gives him a yellow card and warns our player?
“What can you do? The minute you ask, you are told, ‘hush or I send you off’ – so they want to have those kinds of powers and coaches must say nothing? They were useless today, no wonder Chiefs won, it was a one-way traffic as it’s been in the last few games for Kaizer Chiefs. But for us, we also caused our own…” McCarthy concluded.