Orlando Pirates have clarified why the Bafana coach Hugo Broos was not allowed to access the Orlando Stadium and were not impressed with the coach’s mentioning of Dr. Irvin Khoza. Broos wanted to attend Saturday’s game between Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns but to his surprise, he was turned down at the gate despite having an accreditation.
The PSL has now issued an apology for the incident, confirming that the mistake was on their side because they did not inform the Buccaneers of Broos’ attendance. Pirates’ administrative officer Floyd Mbele has told the story from the club’s point of view, insisting COVID-19 protocols did not allow them to make an exception for tge Bafana Boss.
“The Coach is correct, he was turned away," said Mbhele
“I think it is important to understand the circumstances. Given the nature where we find professional football now, there are protocols that need to be followed in order to attend matches."
“The National Soccer League was able to put in requirements for teams to be able to manage in terms of numbers of people that can be at stadiums on match day, the number is at 160."
"On this occasion, Orlando Pirates did not have any information about the coach coming to the game."
“Coach did have an accreditation but was not on the list. And on this basis and purely as a principle, the club declined him access to the Orlando Stadium."
“It is just a principle, it could have happened to anybody. It had nothing to do with Hugo Broos, it was simply a principle.”
Usually we see national team coaches present at stadiums, especially for such big games as they get to assess national team potentials. For Broos, it wasn't just going there for enjoyment, but part of his Bafana duty - making sure he selects the right players to represent the country.
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