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Orlando Pirates' title defense took yet another blow on Wednesday night with coach Roger de Sa left angered by the poor state of refereeing

Orlando Pirates had to fight back from a goal down in order to earn a 1-1 draw against Free State Stars on Wednesday night, with the Buccaneers coach Roger de Sa questioning the referee's performance after the match.

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After falling behind due to a Paulus Masehe goal in the first half, Pirates were awarded a penalty in the 79th minute which Collins Mbesuma buried in order to earn yet another draw for the defending champions.  

Following the match Roger de Sa blasted Victor Gomes and his assistants due to their inconsistent performance and poor decision-making on the night.

“Officials? What are those? I don’t think they pitched up really," De Sa said.

“Just because you have a whistle, doesn’t mean you’re a referee. I think you need more than that, but today was just one of those days.

"I suppose they have bad games too and if they have a few bad games in a row we should get rid of them, but we can’t do that.”

With the result condemning Pirates to third position in the PSL, De Sa also blamed fatigue for his side's inability to win for a sixth straight match. Pirates have slipped six points behind leaders Chiefs and will have to hope for results to go their way if they are to defend their title.

“It was always going to be tough. We put out a new team today because we had to and we have to give them credit,” De Sa said.

“We got the draw, but it could have gone our way. We had enough chances, but we just have to keep on working.

“A lot of guys are fatigued and some haven’t played 90 minutes for quite some time. I think most of the guys who came in today did more than we could have asked for and I have to be proud of them.”

Free State Stars' coach Steve Komphela is convinced that his side must not give up on their season yet, due to the chances they were able to create against the Buccaneers.

“It’s that time of the year when it’s difficult and every match becomes a struggle,” he said after the match.

“The chances we had with two players missing chances from good crosses. Esterhuizen missed and Dove [Wome] as well. We’re not going to give up, because this is a test.”