PSL BOSS CONGRATULATES ORLANDO PIRATES
By: Khanyisani Dlomo
Premier Soccer League Acting CEO, Cambridge Mokonyane has congratulated Orlando Pirates following their 3-2 aggregate win against Democratic Republic of Congo side, TP Mazembe in the CAF Champions League on Sunday.
The reigning Absa Premiership champions lost 1-0 to Mazembe but advanced to the next round having beaten Mazembe 3-1 on the first leg at Orlando Stadium.
Bucs had to play with ten men after their captain Lucky Lekgwathi was awarded a controversial red card, just at the beginning of the second half. Goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was the hero of the day as he saved two penalties.
Mokonyane said, “On behalf of the league, I would like to extend our congratulations to Orlando Pirates management, technical staff and players for a gutsy performance against TP Mazembe”.
He also praised Supersport United after being eliminated 3-1 by Egyptian side, ENPPI at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday.
The defeat spelt the end of the road for United’s African dream.
Mokonyane said, “They might have lost on Saturday, but Supersport’s gutsy efforts cannot go unnoticed. We would have preferred to see them advance but I believe a lot of lessons have been learnt by the team that will benefit them in their future participation in the inter-continental club competitions”.
Meanwhile Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza expressed his disappointment after SABC crew was prevented from broadcasting the match.
The SABC reported that two of their staff members were released after being briefly detained in the country earlier in the day. An SABC radio reporter Velile Mbuli had his cell phone and simcard confiscated.
Khoza said he will raise the issue at a CAF meeting in two weeks’ time.