Chippa United coach Norman Mapeza says the referee was a bit harsh on them in the Telkom Knockout quarterfinal loss to Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday.

Chippa crashed out of the tournament after losing 4-3 on penalties and also finished the game with ten men following Tercious Malepe’s red card in the extra-time.

Mapeza believes the expulsion plus a couple of yellow cards for his players was too harsh, but there was nothing the team will do about it.

In a post-match interview with SuperSport TV, the Zimbabwean gaffer said: “I think the referee was a little bit harsh on us but at the end of the day I’m still new here.

“I don’t want to talk much about the referees, I don’t know how they operate, so it’s unfortunate to end up getting those six yellow cards, definitely it’s going to affect us in our next few matches but you know it has happened and there’s nothing we can do.”

The result handed Mapeza’s second defeat since taking over at the South African club last month.

Here is his full post-match interview.