Goal spoke with Pirates’ Admin Manager Senzo Mazingiza who shared their experience in DRC and possible way forward as the Buccaneers are still in the Caf Champions League
Orlando Pirates Administration Manager Senzo Mazingiza has told Goal that a formal report on all the incidents around their Caf Champions League second leg clash against TP Mazembe will be submitted to Caf as soon as possible.
Mazingiza revealed that the commotion started just before the kickoff when the broadcasters were busy setting up for a live transmission from Lubumbashi. The nation was unable to watch Pirates in action, because the transmission was cut and the broadcasters were denied access.
“Everything was fine until before the kickoff when our broadcasters were denied access and a chance to broadcast the game. We tried to intervene and the issue was resolved, but started later on when the transmission was cut. I am still not sure if it was deliberate or not,” Mazingiza told Goal.
The Pirates administrator also revealed that the match officials were also under an immense pressure and made dubious decisions which saw their captain Lucky Lekgwathi receiving his marching orders early in the first and a penalty in either half.
“The situation didn’t improve and even the decisions of the match officials on the field of play were not so satisfying, because Lucky was shown a red card and Mazembe were awarded a dubious penalty,” said Mazingiza.
Mazingiza confirmed that the Pirates officials were not allowed anywhere else within the stadium, as he confirmed they were locked.
“We were locked in the booth that we were in and we couldn’t go to the dressing rooms or anywhere else, but we are glad that we are still alive, because at times we asked ourselves what was going to happen after the match,” he said.
Mazingiza also confirmed that Dr Irvin Khoza will raise all these issues at the Caf meeting in the next two weeks and he also assured the Buccaneers that they will not leave this issue until Caf give positive response, because Pirates are still part of the competition.
“I spoke with the chairman and he assured me that a formal report will be written and that he will raise all the issues especially the failure to broadcast the game at the Caf meeting in the next two weeks,” added Mazingiza.
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