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By unknown | Jan 08, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

The unruly behaviour of some of Orlando Pirates' fans has made it impossible for them to see their new recruits being paraded on Wednesday.

Bucs start their 2007 campaign in the Castle Premiership with a tough match against Bidvest Wits at Ellis Park Stadium.

Kick-off is at 3.45pm in a game that will also see Wits' striker Phumudzo Manenzhe coming face to face with his former team-mates for the first time.

Manenzhe joined the Clever Boys two weeks ago after he was off-loaded by Pirates.

"Wednesday's match will be a lock-out one as per the decision of the PSL disciplinary committee," said Pirates official Floyd "Jomo" Mbele.

This is a sequel to two incidents of crowd violence where Pirates fans threw missiles on the pitch during their games against Jomo Cosmos and Santos.

Pirates drew 1-all with neighbours Ezenkosi and went on to lose 1-0 to Santos in the Telkom Knockout Cup.

The newcomers who have been signed by Pirates include Rudzani Ramudzuli, Mulondo Sikhwivhilu, Jorry Merahe, Bennet Chenene, Bongani Chashibe and Munuel Bucuane.

Irvin Khoza, Pirates' chairman, has done his best to beef up the team and it is now up to the players and technical team to deliver the results.

Meanwhile, Pirates hammered Mike Ntombela's Senaoane Gunners 8-0 in a warm-up match at Ellis Park on Saturday.

"We have been playing a series of friendlies to ensure that everybody is in great shape after the festive season holidays," said Mbele.


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