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Orlando Pirates midfielder Benson Mhlongo has apologised for arrest

Posted: 6 December 2010 Time: 15:19

Orlando Pirates midfielder Benson Mhlongo has apologised to management, his team-mates and the Ghost for putting the club in a spot after being arrested on an unlicensed firearm charge. 

Mhlongo, who was ultimately acquitted on the charge, says, "Now that this matter has been rested, I am able to focus on recovering from the injury I suffered a few months back. Everything has been going well so far and I hope to be on the field again sometime soon."   Mhlongo along with five others was arrested after police found a gun and ammunition in the car they were travelling in.   The charges, however, were withdrawn against Mhlongo after one of the co-accused admitted the gun was given to him as security for an unpaid debt.   In a statement carried on Bucs' official website, the player states, "After being acquitted from charges, I felt compelled as a player and member of the Orlando Pirates Football Club family to use this platform and thank the supporters for their warmth shown to me during those difficult times I went through.   "I have always held a very special affection and respect for every member of the team, the supporters and to all those who look up to me as a role model. I have through all my years as a professional footballer strived to ensure that respect, professionalism, loyalty and hard-work are permanent features of my daily life.   "I must say that the situation I found myself in was not one of the most comfortable one, however, I am glad that those experiences served to me as a life-long-lesson which I will keep to heart as I move along with my football career.   "I have a principled commitment towards ensuring that those who look up to me are not led astray by my actions and it has always been my responsibility to ensure that I am not caught in a situation where the age-old values and principles I have are compromised.   "I want to ensure the team's supporters that I will try to be a bit more selective in terms of who I hang out with so that this occurrence does not repeat itself," he says. 

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 03:32 pm
thug fc kikikikkiikkikkiikkiikkiikki no comment!
Gucci Man
posted: 03:35 pm
You should have known better , you've playaed at the pro level for a long time. Rule number 1 : watch your associates
Gucci Man
posted: 03:36 pm
Everything has been going well so far and I hope to be on the field again sometime soon."

I don't thing October 2011 is soon , that's far my outie
posted: 03:46 pm
You did a Good thing Boy, you understand that your were putting the team and its associates in the disputes. life must go on baba.
posted: 03:46 pm
But kickoff this story is too old he apologised a long time ago??????
posted: 03:52 pm
This media is biased, on sunday it was reported that the star of the moment from kaizer chiefs is cheating with bonang. nothing is reported from kickoff. dont be biassed, let us hear about shabba, is the guy not married or seeing someone?
Swona Champ!
posted: 03:54 pm
dont think this story is soccer related, and I still mantain it should have never have been covered here! but since this online magazine is run by cabbages, it has become a tabloid!
posted: 03:55 pm
@mash-do, i thought your players were immune to this thing called immoral, did you hear that shabba is cheating? or you decided to close your ears?
Swona Champ!
posted: 03:59 pm
Kick off must also report all off the field events, starting from mpumalanga world cup tenders by some club bosses where people were killed, and report about a goalkepper of another big soweto team who's off the field activities with the laddies is way out of line, not to mention the same team's star who scored a crutial goal in the one of the major tournament in SA, who is a womaniser!
Swona Champ!
posted: 04:00 pm
report this stories now! we waiting!
Marop wa le Downs
posted: 04:12 pm
Benson mfana, you are from Alex, what did we expect? only that in jail they dont care if you are from Alex, o tla famola papa, hee hee, you are lucky you are a celebrity, if you werent, you would be in jail now, o jewa ntate........... so next time, they will send you to jail, and o tla ba mathateng.............
posted: 04:13 pm

This team is full of thugs and here are the facts:

-Their president tried to hi-jack the SAFA presidential position from Kirsten Nemathandane
-Lucky Legwathi carries an O.K.P.I. to the training to scare young players who compete in the same position with him.
-Benson Mhlongo carries a g.u.n. @ the back of his car
-Any team that will fight for the player against pee-rats will loose
-Lekoelea was threated when he tried to leave pee-rats and his career was destroyed
-Tso Vilakazi was threatened when he did not come back to pee-rats from overseas
-There was also that useless and luckiest cow (molefe) who changed his caeer to h.i. i do not even remember his name, somehow he manage to play for bafana bafana and that was when bafana's downfall started.

this thugs list is endless but thats all i got for now!!!!!!!!

remember what happened to Gorden Igesand during the training session????????
posted: 04:26 pm
Do you want us to remind you how did kaizer manage to run KC alone? they start this team with this other guy and his death is very mysterious. do you know that in mpumalanga'deaths your leaders are also invoved, those drugs found with bobby do you want me to continue? if you say yes i think you must tell your bosses to finished that stadium you were pormised in 1990, because these facts i have for you they will feel that stadium.
posted: 04:42 pm
cheating is not a crime!....and who wouldnt like to tap a chick like bonang???..damn i will tap dat anytime! long as he protect himself its okay!.......anyway even khoza's son inlaw( baby olil zuma) is a cheater!......

Kickoff is not a tabloid magazine so they will never report about such things....they didnt report about mphela and khune's stories and they are not about to start now!......
posted: 04:54 pm
it will be lovely if we talk about the facts not rumors but at the same time your rumors may be facts to can a professional player carry an unlicensed so disappointed in you man...
posted: 05:48 pm
Hart luck Mr Mohlongo, focus on football now nd sue those police officers
posted: 07:11 pm
Why did you erase the serial number bustad??
You are a danger in our community.
posted: 12:59 am
AYI AYI AYI wena All plastic trompies u gt me luogh neh, eish nabo Mhlongo they knw exatly that, they are the role models in this country, especial to the up coming young boyz, that was very silly from ur side Mhlongo, i hope that gun was take care of, coz really krol is in danger.
posted: 08:21 am
thanz for appreciating your plander.from now on whash ur steps my brother.we as supporters we love u n expect to learn a lot from u.farwel
posted: 09:46 am
does this man still get a salary from Piecity? his injury appeared like he would neva set a foot in a football pitch, thats y he opted to buy guns or steal them
my question again is Does the team need him back and he does come back would they make him the captain again because a club like Pie city don t have a backbone, they dropped their fluential over the weeknd to get anada 3 by 3 hiding
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