By FOCUS REPORTER
THE technical director of SA Football Association, Serame “Meneer” Letsoaka has blamed the referee from Benin for the national Under-17’s away 2-0 defeat by Burkina Faso.
Letsoaka who was the assistant coach to stand-in coach, Mandla Mazibuko said the referee’s decision during this second leg clash of the AYC qualifier at the Ouagadougou Stadium on Saturday, September 11 were questionable.
“The first half was fine and we were dominant, in fact we should have scored at least a goal. But in the second half it was like a different referee was in charge, as some of the decisions were shocking,” said Serame on Safa’s official website.
He added that:” The Burkinabe’s first goal was legitimate, but the second one was just a non-existent. We tried to raise concern and the match was held up for a few minutes, but it no one listened and the goal stood. We continued with the match and scored a goal but was disallowed for no good reason while the referee kept on overruling the assistant referee on several occasions which suggested that the man in the middle was on his own mission.”
Serame confirmed that they have since written a letter of complaint to the match commissioner who concurred with them that the referee in question was bad.
“If we don’t get joy from him we will be forced to direct our complaint to the offices of CAF,” added Letsoaka who said the boys were devastated by the outcome of this match.
Amajimbos went to this match highly motivated after having won the first leg 4-2 at home a forth-night ago, but only to find it too difficult to overcome their Burkinabe counterparts who went on to win the match with an away goal rule advantage after they forced the aggregate score to 4-4.