Kaizer Chiefs make emotional return to Orkney

Kaizer Chiefs make emotional return to Orkney
Enocent Mkhabela of Platinum Stars and Erick Mathoho of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 game between Platinum Stars and Kaizer Chiefs at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 17 May 2017 © Anton de Villiers/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Tuesday Jun 27, 2017. 19:00

As Kaizer Chiefs make their debut appearance at the 2017 Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup against Botswana's Township Rollers, Amakhosi's communications manager Vina Maphosa says they will make their supporters proud.

Maphosa believes Chiefs are at home wherever they play, but has emphasized that they always enjoy playing in Orkney.

However, their return to Orkney is set to be an emotional one as they will also commemorate their 26th anniversary following the Orkney disaster in 1991 (Oppenheimer Stadium in Orkney) which saw 42 fans losing their lives.

The Soweto giants were playing against rivals Orlando Pirates in a pre-season friendly and there was a stampede which unfortunately saw 42 people losing their lives.

The Chiefs spokesman said they are looking forward to facing Township Rollers in the second semifinal on July 15, and has promised the Amakhosi family a good display of football.

“We were invited to the event today, this triggers many questions including the Orkney event,” said Maphosa.

“I will go back to the office and confirm that we are playing in the Maize Cup, we will put down the notes and plan on how we make our return to the venue and area.

“We are going to get the directive from the management in how we relive these moments and commemorate, it is a big thing for the club's history.

“For us a pre-season is one game at a time, we do not have friendlies at Chiefs, our supporters expect the club to do well 365 days of the year.

"So whether we play Rollers or Platinum Stars or Free State Stars, our supporters expect us to win and that sets up a humdinger of a game come Saturday, 15 July.

“Teams that we play against always bring their 'A game' just like Rollers will do. The supporters from both Botswana and South Africa will be hoping to see a big game.

“It is somewhat an international game in Bokone Bophirima and we want to keep that standard as high as possible by winning the game.”

Steve Komphela's men will meet the Bostwana giants at the James Motlatsi Stadium in the second semi-final in Orkney. Kick-Off is at 12:00.