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By unknown | Feb 19, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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As they take on Mamelodi Sundowns tomorrow, Orlando Pirates will also use the match to honour legends who donned the popular black and white jersey with pride.

The 20 greatest ever legends, as announced by the club's chairman, Irvin Khoza yesterday, include Percy "Chippa" Moloi, Eric "Scara" Sono and Kaizer Motaung.

Pirates will ensure that some of their living legends are present during their game against The Brazilians at Johannesburg Stadium.

This highly anticipated Absa Premiership clash at 7.30pm will also see Pirates unveiling their 70th anniversary limited edition jersey.

Besides Moloi, Sono and Motaung, the other 17 best ever Pirates players are Jomo Sono, Sam "Baboon Shepherd" Shabangu, Jerry Moloi, King "Kaizer Matatazela" Mkhwanazi, Zero Johnson, Hans Moses, Alfred "Ace" Mgedeza, Isaacs "Rocks" Mothei, Abraham 'Mainline" Khoza, MacDonald "Rhee" Skosana, Bernard "Dancing Shoes" Hartze, Ephraim "Shakes" Mashaba, Patson "Sparks" Banda, Nick "Bazooka" Seshweni, Salthiel "Baba Mzion" Tshotsho, Herman "Man on Man" Leroke and Stuart "Penduka" Lilley.

Khoza, who is naturally excited about their 70th anniversary celebrations, said: "The brand equity has been sustained by the prolific pedigree of players.

"The Ghost [Pirates' supporters] have always been there for us. Obviously, we all need to continue working hard because we have raised the hopes of many people.

"What is happening here is a reminder to the current crop of players at Pirates for them to see the legends who used to carry the baton.

"We are talking about the greats who were resilient, passionate and worked hard whenever the donned the black and white jersey of Pirates.

"Players in the past never waited for the coach to guide them, some of them came to training earlier or left very late to perfect their shooting, passing and crosses."

Khoza said they were planning a big dinner gumba where the current crop of players, legends and other invited guests will be invited to next month.

"It is not possible for us to celebrate the 70th anniversary during the game against Sundowns on Wednesday night, there will be a special occasion for it."

Meanwhile, Lehlohonolo Seema, Pirates' captain, will be out for six weeks after sustaining an injury in their 2-0 win over Bidvest Wits, said Floyd Mbele, Bucs' head of administration.


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