Ferreira: Why Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates match was postponed again

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Goal understands that the Clever Boys and the Buccaneers postponed the match again by mutual agreement

Bidvest Wits have explained why their Premier Soccer League (PSL) game against Orlando Pirates has been postponed again.

The two Gauteng clubs were scheduled to lock horns in a league encounter at the Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg next week Friday.

However, on Wednesday afternoon, Pirates announced through their official Twitter account that the match had been postponed.

When contacted for a comment, Wits' chief executive officer Jose Ferreira revealed that the game could not take place as one of Pirates' players, Edwin Gyimah, was still on national duty.

Bucs' influential defender-come-midfielder Gyimah is part of the Ghana team that has qualified for the on 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) quarter-finals in Gabon.

"Well, it is because of Ghana's qualification to the quarter-finals of the Afcon finals," Ferreira told Goal.

"So since Pirates player Edwin Gyimah is part of the Ghana squad, the game was postponed again. A new date will be confirmed soon," he concluded.

This game was originally scheduled to be played at the Bidvest Stadium last year September, but it could not take place because of student protests at Wits University.

Wits will now host Ajax Cape Town on February 7 in their first league game in 2017, while Pirates will be away to Platinum Stars on February 8.

 

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