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/ 14 September 2007

The fancy of the fans

Orlando Pirates coach Bibey Mutombo says he is not the first Pirates coach to be put under pressure from the fans. Duh! Given that this is the club’s 70th anniversary and that it boasts millions of passionate and opinionated fans, it stands to reason there must have been one or two other coaches before Mutombo, whose governance of the team did not meet the supporters’ expectations.

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/ 7 September 2007

It is 4.45pm at Meadowlands High School in Soweto. On the football field five different teams from around the area gather to prepare for their next league match. Two teams are using the partly grassed and already dusty field. On the sidelines there are about 20 players from Mighty Solutions FC.

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/ 5 September 2007

A great Gift squandered

For his first real taste of paid football, Gift Leremi, who was killed in a car accident on September 3, came on as a late substitute in a charity match against Kaizer Chiefs. Orlando Pirates, who had in the off-season promoted him to their first team, were trailing by a goal.

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/ 31 August 2007

Mutombo emerges a hero after Pirates win

With a script as strange and uncanny as that penned by a fiction writer, Orlando Pirates secured a frenzied 2-1 extra-time victory over SuperSport United in the SAA Supa8 semifinal at Durban’s King’s Park Stadium on Thursday night, with much-maligned coach Bibey Mutombo emerging the unlikely hero.

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/ 30 August 2007

Downs shade shoot-out against Cosmos

Relentless in defence, Jomo Cosmos capitulated 5-3 to Mamelodi Sundowns in a penalty shoot-out after the SAA Supa8 semifinal at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane ended goalless following extra-time. Cosmos played with a cynical acceptance that their best chance of winning rested in ensuring the proceedings remained scoreless.

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/ 28 August 2007

Coach brushes aside problems at Pirates

Looking at Bibey Mutombo on the soccer sidelines and the resemblance between the Orlando Pirates coach and the sphinx of ancient Egypt is almost uncanny. And even amid the despair and downright indignation among many in the Buccaneers camp over some insipid performances this season, the coach remains inscrutable.