Pirates match abandoned

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Orlando Pirates’ catch-up programme was dealt a blow last night when their Absa Premiership match against Free State Stars at Charles Mopeli was abandoned because of faulty floodlights.

The Buccaneers are five games behind log-leaders Kaizer Chiefs thanks to their exploits in the Caf Champions League last year where they reached the final, going down to Egyptian giants Al-Ahly. This will give the Premier Soccer League (PSL) further headaches on pushing Pirates to catch-up with the other 15 teams in the Premiership.
“We had a meeting at 4.30pm, only two of the four floodlights were working,” Match Commissioner, Vincent Alie, told SuperSport. “They told us that they needed time, so we gave them time to sort it out and they said by 5.30pm things will be alright. When that time came the lights where still not working even with an electrician present.

“We consulted with both teams, security and the referee on the decision to abandon the game. The referee made the final call that we can’t play on the pitch because of the poor lights. We advised all the people involved on the referee’s decision including the PSL’s general manager Derek Blancknesee. The league will communicate when the match will be replayed. The two clubs were disappointed by the outcome because they really wanted to play.”

Pirates, having travelled to Phuthaditjhaba, would have been the more disappointed of the two. This further compounds their schedule as their next three matches in two weeks will see them travel to three different provinces. On Saturday they have to travel to Limpopo to face Polokwane City, then the Western Cape where they will be hosted by Ajax Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal to face Thanda Royal Zulu in the Nedbank Cup.

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