Joburg turned black and white to celebrate the victorious Buccaneers, makers of history and some sterling goals in the PSL season.
THE mayoral parlour – and a great deal of Joburg – was painted black and white by the Absa Premier League champions and their fans on Monday.
Executive mayor Parks Tau congratulates Pirates on winning the PSL (Photo: Enoch Lehung, City of Johannesburg)Executive mayor Parks Tau congratulates Pirates on winning the PSL (Photo: Enoch Lehung, City of Johannesburg)Orlando Pirates was on form, showing off their league title to their supporters around the metro. On their victory tour, they met the newly elected executive mayor of Johannesburg, Parks Tau; his predecessor, Amos Masondo; and members of the mayoral committee, many of whom are diehard Buccaneers fans.
The atmosphere was buzzing with excitement when the captain, Lucky Lekgwati, lifted the trophy. Tau and other City officials who support the team repeatedly shouted “Viva the Buccaneers”.
Lekgwati, the longest serving player at the club, also presented the mayor with a giant Orlando Pirates jersey signed by the players and the coach.
Speaking at the meeting, Tau, a self-confessed Buccaneer, said it felt good to be part of the team that made history. “By virtue of being born in Orlando East, I had no choice but to fully subscribe to the mighty Buccaneers.
“We congratulate Orlando Pirates for a job well done; this is a moment that will forever be cherished in the history of South Africa football.”
The City would continue to ensure that the stadiums were in a good condition, he added. “You must concentrate on bringing more titles to Soweto; we will take care of the rest.”
Orlando Stadium is the club’s home ground.
The Buccaneers are not only the league champions; they made history in becoming the first team to win a treble in a single season since the start of the PSL in 1996.
After eight long years of drought, the ghosts rose from the dead clinching three major titles in a single season – the MTN 8, the Absa Premier League and the Nedbank Cup, the cherry on top for coach Ruud Krol’s side.
Former executive mayor Amos Masondo and executive mayor Parks Tau get a feel of the PSL trophyFormer executive mayor Amos Masondo and executive mayor Parks Tau get a feel of the PSL trophy (Photo: Enoch Lehung, City of Johannesburg)The last time they won the league was eight years ago.
Masondo, another diehard Pirates fan, could not help but express his excitement. “The glory days are back in Soweto. Eight years is a long time, so we must celebrate this special moment,” he said. “Viva maBucabuca.”
Masondo also wished other teams luck for next season.
Krol, who was named the PSL coach of the season, said winning a treble did not come as a surprise at all. “We made our intentions clear during the start of the season. We stuck to our plan and there was nothing that could stop us from achieving our goals.”
He thanked the players for their commitment. “It would not have been possible without this amazing team of players who went all out to ensure that we achieved our goals.”
Krol, a Dutchman, received a huge round of applause from the players. With them continually bursting into celebratory song, it was evident that they were proud of making a place in the history of the South African football.
The tour wound out of the City offices through the Joburg streets, to end in Soweto, their home turf.
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