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Bucs and Chiefs remember Orkney

By unknown | Apr 12, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sipho Mthembu

Sipho Mthembu

Soweto giants Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs plan to play a derby in Orkney in January next year to commemorate the 1991 Orkney disaster.

A total of 42 people died on that fateful January 13 afternoon when the two Soweto giants packed Orkney Stadium.

Proceeds of the January game will go into erecting a monument in honour of the victims, according to Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza.

"We felt our best for Orkney was not good enough. We needed to do something that will leave a lasting memory of those who lost their lives," said Khoza, who with his Chiefs counterpart, Kaizer Motaung, addressed the final commemoration service of the April 11 2001 Ellis Park disaster yesterday.

The two giants were in action again, this time at Ellis Park, when 43 supporters died in a stampede and hundreds injured.

In his speech yesterday, Khoza directed gratitude at the highest office in the land for what he said was President Thabo Mbeki's unbelievable support "during trying times".

"We also have to thank the then sports and recreation minister Ngconde Balfour, the late Adelaide Tambo, Limpho Hani and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. They were there with us when we visited hospitals and bereaved families."

He also singled out head of the Crisis Centre Merly O'Brien and Sonnyboy Mmatli, among others. Outgoing Premier Soccer League chief executive Trevor Phillips and his successor Kjetil Siem also graced the occasion attended by the full squads of Pirates and Chiefs.

Meanwhile, the South African derby returns to Ellis Park on April 28 for the first time since 2001. This, because of the unavailability of Soccer City, which is under reconstruction for the 2010 World Cup.

The derby could have gone to King's Park Rugby Stadium whose capacity is 15000 lesser.

lSee page 7 for more on yesterday's commemoration.


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