Carnell Questions NWU Penalty
UJ coach, Bradley Carnell, is concerned about some of the decisions that have been going against his team in Varsity Football this season.
The tournament’s rampant newcomers are still unbeaten and have blazed a trail to the top of the standings with some enterprising displays of football.
On Monday, they earned a 1-1 draw to hosts NWU, who are the only other team who have not succumbed to defeat this term.
Both sides have 12 points and are guaranteed places in the semi-finals. UJ are slightly ahead on goal difference, but Carnell feels bittersweet about their progress in the competition.
The Johannesburg students took the lead in a heated contest on Monday night, but NWU pulled a goal back by scoring a controversial penalty which left Carnell seething.
“I’m not sure what the story was there. Some decisions we just can’t explain. It has to change. That’s three penalties we’ve conceded now and at some point things have to start going our way,” he said.
The former Bafana Bafana star says his team have had just five goals scored against them and all have been from set pieces.
Carnell alluded to the fact that UJ are newcomers to the competition and officials have not been fair with some of their decisions.
“Maybe it’s just bad luck and if we keep working hard I believe our luck will change and decisions will start going in our favour. We’re getting the results though and that’s what is important,” Carnell explained.
The man at the helm says he is quite pleased with his players after their performance on Monday night and heaped praise on the high standard they are setting in the tournament.
“We didn’t go there to play pretty. We went to get a result and that’s what we got. I must give credit to my boys. I’m really proud of them.
“The players showed that it takes a lot to break us down and after that result it’s really up to us to go all the way now,” he said.
The coach added that UJ will focus on recharging this week with Wisdom Mathebula, Karl Clements and Lumkile Dava all suffering knocks in the physical clash against NWU.
The table-toppers face UL at home next week in a match they will be keen to win as they aim to land a home semi-final.