Pirates' African dream - The perfect way to celebrate 75 years
ORLANDO Pirates boss Irvin Khoza has described their historic feat of a second successive treble as the best way to celebrate their 75th anniversary.
"We couldn't have asked for a better 75th birthday celebration than winning the second successive treble and this is a great achievement," Khoza said on Saturday.
Khoza was at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban where his club clinched the league title in his capacity as chairman of Pirates, the club he has transformed into a global brand.
"This is a great moment for the club and I want to congratulate the players, technical staff, support staff and the spiritual owners (supporters) for a job well done by winning the treble for the second successive year," he said.
"I'm so happy the victory happened here in Durban (because) we have always done well in Durban in terms of rewriting history in South African soccer.
"We won our first league title in a democratic South Africa in Durban in 1994 (after playing to a goalless draw against D'Alberton Callies).
"This (treble achievement) is a great gift for the spiritual owners of the club as we celebrate 75 years."
Khoza, who is also the chairman of the Premier Soccer League, is still unhappy that Bucs have only one gold star to show off after winning the African Champions League in 1995.
"We need a second star. I know we did not do well after bombing out in the preliminary rounds (of the ACL). We are going to prepare thoroughly for the tournament this time round.
"If we are saying the PSL is the best in Africa, we must also see our clubs dominating the continental competitions and qualifying and doing well in the Fifa Club World Cup," Khoza said.
"We are going to sit down in the next few days and start planning for the 2012-13 season, including playing in the African Champions League.
"Changing season in line with the rest of the continent also helps us a great deal, to compete in the Champions League and Confederation Cup."