7.11.2014 12:30 pm
Phakaaathi editor Jonty Mark takes a look at some main talking points regarding this weekend’s Telkom Knockout semifinals.
Brighton Mhlongo steps in for Meyiwa The last couple of weeks must have been a waking nightmare for the whole Orlando Pirates squad, following the death of their friend and teammate Senzo Meyiwa. There is probably no right time for the Buccaneers to start playing again, but that time arrives on Saturday night, in the Telkom Knockout semifinal against SuperSport United at Orlando Stadium. Emotions are likely to be extra-high at the ground where Meyiwa played his last game for the club, and no one is likely to feel it more than Brighton Mhlongo, who will step between the posts in place of his friend and mentor in the worst possible circumstances. If Mhlongo and his Pirates side find themselves distracted by the occasion it will be perfectly understandable. But the atmosphere could also lift Mhlongo and the Buccaneers to perform at their peak, and if they do, they are almost certain, with the talent in their ranks, to reach a fifth successive domestic cup final.