Soweto giants Orlando Pirates have confirmed the return to action of midfielder Makhehlene Makhaula following an injury scare. Makhaula collapsed and was taken to hospital during their Nedbank Cup win against Hungry Lions on Saturday.

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But the club has issued a statement confirming that the 34-year-old has now been cleared to play.

“Orlando Pirates can confirm that midfielder Makhehlene Makhaula has been given the all-clear to resume training in the coming days, following his early withdrawal from the Nedbank Cup Round of 16 fixture against Hungry Lions at Orlando Stadium,” the club confirmed.

“The 34-year-old had to be stretchered off the field just before halftime on Saturday after complaining of chest pains and shortness of breath.

“He was treated by the Club’s medical team with assistance from the medics and promptly transferred to Milpark Hospital for further medical treatment.”

“All necessary investigations have been conducted, and the player has since been discharged after consultation with a specialist.

“Makhaula is scheduled to return to training on Wednesday, following assessment from the Pirates Medical Team,” Pirates said.

ORLANDO PIRATES MIDFIELDER MAKHEHLENE MAKHAULA TO RETURN TO ACTION

The player has revealed that he has been given a few days to rest before he can rejoin his teammates.

“I have been ordered to rest and have been taking it easy,” he said.

“The coach and the team doctor will advise on how quickly I can rejoin the team, but I’m feeling 100% and ready to go.”

Pirates’ next fixture is a DStv Premiership encounter with Sekhukhune United taking place at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday, 30 March.

Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Thandani Ntshumayelo was released on bail on Monday afternoon following his arrest for assault. Ntshumayelo was arrested on Saturday, 3 February for alleged assault on his girlfriend. The incident is reported to have happened on Friday, 2 February.

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He made his appearance at the Randburg Magistrates’ Court, Gauteng. Bibo as he is affectionately known is facing a charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

“The complaint is in a relationship with the accused and alleges that she was with him and his friends at his place when a fight between the accused and one of his friends ensued. She then tried to intervene in an attempt to calm down the accused,” the NPA explained on Monday.

Former Pirates star Thandani Ntshumayelo arrested for assault
Former Orlando Pirates star Thandani Ntshumayelo

THANDANI NTSHUMAYELO RELEASED ON BAIL FOLLOWING ASSAULT CASE

“Ntshumayelo then allegedly became aggressive towards her, by slapping her across the face. He grabbed her by her head and hit it against the wall. She further alleges that he then pushed her to the ground.”

He was released on R1000 bail and will be back in court on 04 April 2024. The case was postponed for further investigations.

PSL giants Orlando Pirates Football have announced the signings of Thalenthe Mbatha and Thabiso Lebitso. Lebitso joins on a two-and-a-half-year deal from Chippa United.

“Joining Orlando Pirates is a significant milestone in my career. I’m eager to make a meaningful contribution to the team’s success,” said the 28-year-old.

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Mbatha joins on a six-month loan deal with an option to purchase at the end of the season from SuperSport United.

“I’m thrilled to be here and can’t wait to start playing. I see this as a golden opportunity and intend to make the most of it,” said Mbatha.

Orlando Pirates announce two new signings
Tshegofatso Mabasa celebrate a goal during his time at Moroka Swallows

EVA NGA LEAVES ORLANDO PIRATES AS THE CLUB ANNOUNCES NEW SIGNINGS

The Buccaneers also confirmed the departure of striker Eva Nga.

“The club can confirm it has also reached a mutual agreement for the departure of Eva Nga. Nga leaves after a stint of one and a half seasons with the team. We extend our heartfelt thanks to him for his contributions and wish him the best in his future endeavours,” they said in a statement.

Striker Tshegofatso Mabasa re-joins the Club after his loan spell at Moroka Swallows came to an end. 

Former Orlando Pirates midfielder, Lebogang Mothibantwa has parted ways with MG Nations FC.

Nations FC are currently playing in the HollywoodBets Alfred Nzo Men’s Regional League. Mothibantwa parted ways with the club just two weeks after he joined.

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The 39-year-old was announced as the new head coach for the Eastern Cape club on 11 October. His assignment was to promote this club to the SAFA Eastern Cape ABC Motsepe League, according to the chairman of this club.

During the pre-season, MG Nations FC was guided by the former Bush Bucks FC player, William Mugeyi who also left after losing one game and playing one draw in two games.

On the other side, Mothibantwa played three games and he registered one win and two losses. Two of these games were for the Nedbank Cup Preliminary Round. He won the first game by 1-0 and later lost 2-0 in the final against Bizana Pondo City FC.

His last game was this past Sunday, October 29 against The Elects FC where he lost by 4-0 and this was his first game of the league.

LEBOGANG MOTHIBANTWA LOSES ANOTHER COACHING JOB

“We have reached an agreement to part ways with coach Lebo [Lebogang Mothibantwa] today [Monday] after we had a long meeting with him,” the chairman of this club, Bongani Gumede told LimSportsZone.

“We allowed him to come with the new players he wants. You can’t be given an opportunity to sign your new players then later you lose by 4-0. We are now becoming a laughing stock after losing with that score,” Gumede concluded.

Before joining the club, Mothibantwa was with Limpopo ABC Motsepe League side, Tzaneen United FC as the head coach. But the club parted ways with him before the league started.

In just one month and some days, coach Mothibantwa has lost two jobs in ABC Motsepe League and HollywoodBets Men’s Regional League.

By Banele Hlakanyana

The Premier Soccer League have confirmed the details for the Carling Knockout quarter-final fixtures. This includes the dates, venues, and kick-off times.

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Polokwane City and Stellenbosch FC will kick-off proceedings on Friday night, 04 November. They lock horns at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane at 19:30. 

On Saturday, 05 November Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban will host a double-header which will see Richards Bay FC taking on Orlando Pirates at 15:00. It will be followed by the eThekwini Derby between AmaZulu FC and Golden Arrows at 19:00. 

The last fixture of the Carling Knockout quarter-final stage will be between Sekhukhune United and TS Galaxy FC at New Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. 

Carling knockout quarter-final details revealed
Carling knockout Prize Money

CARLING KNOCKOUT QUARTER-FINAL TICKETING DETAILS 

Tickets will be sold at TicketPro outlets countrywide. The PSL is set to advise on ticket availability in due course.

1. Polokwane City v Stellenbosch FC [Old Peter Mokaba Stadium] R 50

2. Double-header (Moses Mabhida Stadium)- R80 for full-day access. No pass-out.

3. Sekhukhune United v TS Galaxy FC [New Peter Mokaba Stadium]- R 50 per ticket.

The PSL and SAFA have conveyed messages of condolences to the late Bafana Bafana assistant coach Phil “Mr Jones” Setshedi. Setshedi’s death was confirmed by Orlando Pirates on Thursday.

“Affectionately known as “Mr. Clean, Mr. Jones” Setshedi left an indelible mark on the Buccaneers during his time with the club in the late 70s,” the club said.

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“During his playing days with Orlando Pirates, Phil Setshedi was a formidable defender. He earned the nickname “Mr. Clean” for the way he carried himself both on and off the field.

“He was always impeccably dressed, and his commitment to cleanliness and personal grooming was a testament to his professionalism. But it wasn’t just his appearance that set him apart. It was his dedication to the beautiful game that truly defined him.”

CONDOLENCES POUR IN FOR PHIL SETSHEDI

Meanwhile, the PSL also announced that there will be a moment of silence for this weekend’s Carling Knockout, DStv Diski Challenge, and Motsepe Foundation Championship fixtures.

“The PSL sends heartfelt condolences to the Setshedi family, and the football community at large.”

SAFA have described Setshedi as a colourful character.

“A colourful character who was often lauded for his flamboyant fashion sense. Setshedi was on the bench serving as assistant to the late Clive Barker when the South African senior men’s team won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1996.
Born in Dube, Soweto, his passing comes just months after the legendary Barker passed away in June 2023.”

Orlando Pirates head coach Jose Riveiro has praised Olisa Ndah for a good performance against Mamelodi Sundowns in their MTN8 final at Moses Mabhida stadium on Saturday evening.

The Nigerian-born defender has been out of action for the Buccaneers since February 2023 after he scored an own goal in Soweto Derby against Kaizer Chiefs.

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Ndah came on as a substitute in the first half after Nkosinathi Sibisi picked up an injury. Riveiro was impressed with the performance of Ndah who played well alongside Thapelo Xoki.

“Olisa [was] exceptional, coming from the bench. Almost 10 months injured and he was spectacular tonight. Xoki as usual, the fullbacks as well. I think everybody I mean the midfielders the one team until they were a bit tired,” Riveiro said during the post-match press conference at Durban.

OLISA NDAH GREAT PERFORMANCE IN THE MTN8 FINAL

However, the Spaniard was not impressed with the performance of his team but indicated that sometimes you need other things to win the match and they did that. The windy weather didn’t allow both teams to play their usual game.

“In general, I think it was that kind of performance that probably you will not remember because of the football that we developed during the night with our moments as well.

“But in terms of fighting commitment, and in the finals, you need to really want it. If you want it badly more than the opponent then you’re closer, it’s how Pirates play in the finals.

“Football is not only about possession and number of passes. Sometimes you need other things and we did that well,” he said.

The Buccaneers will be back in action after the FIFA break in when they host Polokwane City at Orlando stadium.

By Katleho Hlalele

MTN8 winning coach Jose Riveiro has explained what seemed to be a surprising decision to bench Paseka Mako against Mamelodi Sundowns at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Orlando Pirates defended their MTN8 trophy during penalties after the Buccaneers and Masandawana played a goalless draw after 120 minutes.

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Mako replaced Bandile Shandu in the 92nd minute of the match. Riveiro has emphasized that Mako couldn’t train during the week but only on Friday.

JOSE RIVEIRO ON PASEKA MAKO DECISION

“Last season we only had Paseka Mako on the bench, one defender and today it was the same, we had Olisa [Ndah] to play in the position, but Paseka couldn’t train during the week, only yesterday,” Riveiro stated.

“Once Olisa was on the field, we were a bit afraid because we only had Shandu and then Hotto too in that role as a left fullback because like I said Paseka couldn’t be ready on time but he gave us fantastic 30 minutes in the end as well, even in the right side.”

The 29-year-old has been one of the regulars for the Buccaneers this season after collecting ten appearances in all competitions for his club.

By Katleho Hlalele

Tickets for the 2023/24 MTN8 final between Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns are officially SOLD OUT. The fans bought the tickets just 18 hours after tickets were made available to the public.

Match tickets went on sale at 15:00 on Thursday, 28 September 2023 and were sold out by 09:00 on Friday, 29 September 2023.

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The MTN8 final will be played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, 07 October 2023 (18h00). Gates will open at 14h00 and ticket holders are also requested to arrive early to ensure smooth entry.

MTN8 FINAL TICKETS SOLD OUT 

“The PSL is working closely with the South African Police Service and several other safety and security role players to ensure a safe and secure event. As part of the stringent security measures around the stadium, people engaging in illegal behaviour such as ticket peddling will face immediate arrest. There will also be no tickets sold at the stadium,” said the League. 

Members of the public who are interested in purchasing hospitality packages can contact Moses Mabhida Stadium via email on: Musawakhe.Cele@durban.gov.za

The match will be LIVE on the SuperSport PSL Channel (202) and SABC Sport and starts at 18:00.

The Tickets for the MTN8 semi-final between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs at Lucas Moripe Stadium are officially sold out. The PSL announced on Friday. They also confirmed that the tickets for the semi-final between Orlando Pirates and Stellenbosch FC are selling fast.

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Gates will open at 11:00 and ticket holders are also requested to arrive early to ensure smooth entry to the match venue.

PSL ISSUE WARNING AS MTN8 SEMI-FINAL TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT

“The PSL is working closely with the South African Police Service and several other safety and security role players to ensure that the MTN8 semi-final fixtures are safe and secure. As part of the stringent security measures around the stadium, people engaging in illegal behaviour such as ticket peddling will face immediate arrest. There will be no tickets sold at the stadium,” the league said in a statement.

“Meanwhile, tickets for Sunday’s semifinal between Orlando Pirates and Stellenbosch FC at Orlando Stadium are selling at a rapid rate. spectators are urged to secure their tickets at Ticketpro Outlets promptly to avoid disappointment.”

KAIZER CHIEFS BATTLE IT OUT WITH MAMELODI SUNDOWNS FOR FINAL SPOT

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena is expecting Kaizer Chiefs to be a tough nut to crack. Sundowns also have an edge over Amakhosi after scoring away in the first leg at FNB Stadium.

 “It’s going to be a very difficult game because contrary to what the results suggest. We play against a very good side and a very improved Kaizer Chiefs team,” he said.

“I watched their Royal AM game and I watched their game against SuperSport last night. I saw a completely different side to the side that played against us at FNB. They are a good side and they’ve got some good players. They’ve improved, they create quite a lot more chances,” he added.

By Khotso Ramalatswa