COMPLAINTS: Benni McCarthy. Photo: SAMUEL SHIVAMBU/BACKPAGEPIX

Benni McCarthy slammed the referee after his Cape Town City side were beaten 1-0 by AmaZulu in a match the visitors should have won in Umlazi on Saturday.

On a night when everything that could go wrong for the Capetonians went wrong, Thapelo Nyongo, who was lucky to be on the pitch after some nasty tackles, scored a stunning free-kick in the 64th minute as City wasted chance after chance.

Benni’s manne have gifted a penalty after just four minutes, but Kermit Erasmus’ weak effort was comfortably saved by Man of the Match Siyabonga Mbatha before Gift Links blazed the rebound over the crossbar.

It seemed that luck had deserted the Citizens as they dominated, but was knocked out by a sickening counter-punch from Nyongo, whose tackle on Craig Martin angered Benni.

Afterwards, the coach said: “I think the referees need some consistency.

DOMINANT: CT City wasted chances. Photo: GERHARD DURAAN/BACKPAGEPIX

"I’m always one player short. When are they going to take action?

“Yes, he scored a great free-kick, but he shouldn’t have been on the pitch. He could have broken Craigy’s leg.”

The result left City fourth in the PSL, seven points off the top but with a game in hand on leaders Wits.

Of his team’s performance, Benni adds: “It was one of the best football matches my team played. I think from the first to the last minute, there was only one team in it. It was that easy, and that’s why we didn’t take our opportunities.

“Football can kill you and today it really felt like it killed me because they didn’t wanna score. It’s a tough one to take.”

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