Orlando Pirates were cheated by the referees – Josef Zinnbauer


Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer was left frustrated with match official Jelly Chavani and his assistants in yesterday’s 1-1 draw against Swallows FC.

Orlando Pirates were denied a second half penalty following a reckless challenge by Tlakusani Mthethwa which saw the ankle of Fortune Makaringe being caught inside the Swallows box however, the Buccaneers midfielder was instead booked for simulation.

Minutes later, Deon Hotto was through on goal only to be incorrectly flagged for offside by the linesman denying Orlando Pirates the chance to kill the game off. The Buccaneers were made to pay for their errors and refereeing mistakes when they conceded a 93rd minute equalizer.

Zinnbauer displeased with the refereeing in Orlando Pirates draw

“Clear penalty. Then Hotto in the last five minutes. Never never offside. Then we had another chance for Hotto. It was also unlucky. The weather. He was sliding,” Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer told SuperSport TV following the match.

“When you concede in the last minute, it’s very disappointing. Swallows are a good team. I think we had to wait for a solution and possibilities to score. What’s important is the result at the end of the day.”

The field and weather were not normal – Zinnbauer

“The weather is not normal. It was not normal. You have to adapt to this field. I don’t know how many times in the season you have such a field. I think it’s not a lot of times.” – Orlando Pirates coach Zinnbauer added.

“You have to adapt to this and then you can score. We scored first but we didn’t defend enough in this moment and you give the points up.”

Orlando Pirates next turn their attention to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila who they face on Wednesday evening in Thohoyandou. A victory against the PSL newcomers will see the Buccaneers move back into the top four on the DStv Premiership log standings.

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