Orlando Pirates midfielder, Phillip Ndlondlo has said his side had no one to blame but Tapelo Xoki’s red card, in a 4-0 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns in the Carling Black Label final.
Sundowns looked strong as they took advantage of Xoki’s dismissal early in the first half, to lead 3-0 with just 35 minutes into the game, and to eventually hammer Pirates 4-0 at FNB Stadium on Saturday.
The Buccaneers’ defender was shown a red card after a harsh tackle on Haashim Domingo, and Ndlondlo conceded it has been a tough day, and conceded that Pirates had been punished after the call.
“We can say it was a revenge, but us, we took it as a part of the game,” Ndlondlo told ThisIsFootball. Africa.
“But I think the red card caused us a lot, the red card caused us countless things. After the red card, that’s where everything bad started to happen.
“There was nothing else we could do other than to double our effort and try to fill the space, even though we had one less player than them. We had and tried to help one another.
“That was the only thing we could do that was in our hands, the only thing that we could control. Apart from that, there was nothing else we could control because anything else was beyond our control.
“We needed to deal with what we could control, which meant doubling the effort on the field, to try to score. But unfortunately, it was not for us to score, I guess it was part of the game.”
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