Luc Eymael, coach of Free State Stars, reacts during a match. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

EAST LONDON – Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael couldn’t hold his feelings back after his team lost to Chippa United at the weekend.

The Belgian told journalists after the game that the referee on the day, Phelelani Ndaba, did a bad job and also that the standard of the pitch was very poor.

Chippa United inflicted a 1-0 revenge victory in a well contested Absa Premiership game at Sisa Dukashe Stadium.

Eymael threw his hands in the air in despair towards the end of the game when Ndaba decided against giving his team a clear penalty, after Mapaseka Mako fouled an Ea Lla Koto player inside the box.

Even though the Chilli Boys controlled the game and scored the only goal, Free State Stars managed to exert enormous pressure on the opposition in the second half.

The coach thinks his team should have at least gone home with a point in the bag.  

“I am not feeling well at all with officiating, I think you have eyes, you saw what happened. Fortunately, we cannot talk too much, but God is good to everybody, nobody is above God.

“We made a small mistake and conceded a corner. I think there was one penalty for us not given… again! Against Sundowns, and again today.

“I know we are there, and that does not make all people happy – but I want something fair,” said Eymael, who was visibly frustrated.

Free State Stars are in fourth position with 37 points, six behind log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, who were busy with the Caf Champions League last weekend, and the coach made it clear that he wants his team to finish the season in the top four.

On the Chippa side, Vladislav Heric, who registered an important first win since his arrival in Port Elizabeth, heaved a big sigh of relief.

Heric welcomed three points eked out in front of more than 8 000 supporters at Sisa Dukashe Stadium, and praised his boys for working hard.

“We did all we could to win the game, and the confidence that my players have in me gives me satisfaction as their leader. There are things that we need to improve on, and we are going to work on those,” said an elated Heric.

Chippa United are now in ninth place with 30 points, and have a chance of finishing in the top eight if they do well in the remaining games.

IOL Sport

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