Mon 26 February 2024 | 10:42

Croatian Coach’s Reaction to Pyramids’ Defeat Against Mazembe

The team’s coach criticizes the Ghanaian refereeing and praises the players’ performance, focusing on the future and the ambition of the player Fiston Mayele

In the estimation of the Croatian coach Krunoslav Jurcic, the technical director of the Egyptian Pyramids team, what happened in the match that brought his team together with the Congolese Mazembe can only be described as a “disgrace” to African football.

The Pyramids team suffered an away defeat with a score of 0-3 in the fifth stage of the group stage in the African Champions League, which led to its official departure from the championship.

Jurcic expressed his annoyance at the performance of the Ghanaian referee Daniel Laria during the match, stating that he made contrary and unfair decisions towards Pyramids.

The Croatian coach explained that his team was showing a strong personality in the first half and was the best in all aspects. He said: “In the first minutes, the referee refused to give two clear penalties in favor of Pyramids, and it was certain that changing this decision would have a significant impact on the result of the match.”

The coach confirmed that he is not only talking about the result of the match, but about African refereeing that reflects a negative image of football on the continent. He pointed out that the direct intervention of the referee was the main reason for breaking the spirit of Pyramids players, with not counting two penalties and biasing the local team.

Jurcic expressed his great satisfaction with the performance of his players in most periods of the match, stating: “We are a strong team that has great capabilities, and we have championships that we must compete in. We must forget what happened and focus on the future.”

The Croatian coach praised the performance of the Congolese striker Fiston Mayele, describing him as a young player with ambition, optimistic about a bright future for him.


source: SportMob

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