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Orlando Pirates investigate age cheating in their development structures

Posted: 15 November 2012 Time: 17:33

Orlando Pirates have suspended their youth development programme until further notice, to investigate widespread 'age fraud'.

"Unfortunately we are extremely concerned to have learned, recently, of instances of age cheating at our Youth Development Programme. It appears to be of a magnitude that calls for an immediate, and extensive, investigation," a club statement reads.

"The full scale investigation that the club is undertaking is as a result of the preliminary investigation that has indentified occurrences of age cheating in our academy.

"This is of grave concern to the club as this practice does not only go against the Orlando Pirates Football Club value system, it is first and foremost, an illegal act of criminality that goes against the law. It is therefore incumbent upon the club to take immediate and drastic action."

In May this year Irvin Khoza revealed that Pirates were conducting an internal investigation into alleged age cheating in their development structures. This time the club is shutting down their development completely, and have asked parents to move their children to different schools.

"This process will start with a full scale investigation that will be far reaching as it has to result in the total eradication of this problem and help us put systems into place to avoid any recurrence.

"To this effect, parents have been advised to make arrangements for their children to return to school nearer their homes under their complete supervision. The parents have also been urged to help in the investigation through their participation when duly requested.

"To ensure the investigation is thorough and unhindered, the club cannot at this stage indicate when the investigation will be complete."

Previous comments on this story...

soccer analyst(K4L)
posted: 05:37 pm
segolela uses her younger brothers identity hehhe lol,,,meyiwa is 35 years old.....fact
Champ Dee
posted: 05:39 pm
Great idea Bucs, as a Chiefs fan I can truly say that is has been ongoing for years now! each time I watch Orlando Pirates juniors I see the same faces 3yrs in a row!
posted: 05:48 pm
Credit to the Phefeni boy for notifying us way in advance.

Khoza is a man of ethics and this is a step to a right direction.
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 05:49 pm
Let me re-introduce myself....My name is EL nino Phefeni.........

I broke the news first earlier this afternoon and some Big Gorilla named KING did not take me serious and kept on asking for my source....

@King......Iam not on this blog to add numbers baba........Iam part of SA football....
Milutin Sredojević (HLABARINTO)
posted: 05:50 pm
We set the trend, they follow. now let's hear em gorillas praising the Iron Joke for something that they lambasted when it was performed by the great Guluva the last time...
posted: 05:52 pm
They were calling us names when we did that n now they follow r they still insulting us I don't think so why Vilakazi has retired at 26 why Manyisa will retire at 24
MjeyB wa le Khosi
posted: 05:54 pm
Good idea, hope the culprits are identified and dealt with accordingly
posted: 05:58 pm
age cheating must be killed like a flea it is......this does not only usher fairness it also helps the cheater himself....for his own proper please some few chimpanzees just chill stop beating your hairy chests over a non event.....this is routine admin for the good of sport
Lord Vincent
posted: 05:59 pm
How does this happen though? I don't get it. They had the same problem ko Chiefs and now its Pirates. These are two pretty well run clubs so you expect a proper investigation when a player submits his birth certificate after passing trials. This is truly unacceptable and I hope whoever is responsible for allowing this to continue is shown the door.
Sibusiso Nyawo
posted: 06:06 pm
Yes Manyisa is 32 yrs look @ his jaws pattern, mix masala
posted: 06:09 pm
fellow buccaneers ,Champ Marapo ,King?(trepple champ king) ,zane10 and others please help me ,WHO IS THIS KID CLAIMING TO BE THE PHEFENI BOY????? AND WHY IS HE LIKE HE LIKE ATTENTION?????????? ISN'T HE SUPPOSED TO BE IN SOCCERLADUMA NOT HERE IN KO????
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 06:09 pm
Let me remind evryone that this is not a Chiefs or Pirates problem issue, it is a continental problem.
I salute Motaung Snr and Dr Khoza for the brave decision....although it has aready affected our football from the junior ranks all the way to Bafana Bafana over the years....negatively so......most players in the PSL most who are still playing are culprits too.......I am not going to mention names......I pause

Another issue that needs scrutiny is the idea of Amabeneplaas which I think its a total waste of money and resource......

I still blog fearlessly......
posted: 06:15 pm
But guys why did kaizer chiefs fans stoned the African Champions bus??? what good reason can they provide for doing that??? kids 12 and 13 my foot ,leave the poor kids alone ,kids cannot start this they followed booby's top dogs in kaizer chiefs morons!!!!!
LOL..... you know lastnight when Collins Mbesuma tourmented Itumeleng Khune pants down with that cracker goal i nearly celebrated thinking that it was Pirates against Chiefs ,well the highlights of that goal will be on the 8th of dec. once a pirate ,always a pirate!
gotze p2
posted: 06:16 pm
dy blamed guluva wen he was da first chairman to put the developmnt on hold bt nw snce de chairman is doin it now dyl praise him. This is a src matter n needs full attention. Wel done khoza. He mst now investigate manyisa n chinyama.
M concerned abt da yung boys now, cz hw dy goin to resume school as almost al da schools hv finished rytn exms? Dy wil nw have to sit til nxt yr in order to find schools wat a waste of tym.
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 06:18 pm

Why would i claim to be The Phefeni Boy?...I am the only one in this blog....please do not use words in wrong context........why are you not focusing on the topic in hand?.........ungazo phapha la.

Can you share with bloggers your thoughts about the article and stop farting......
posted: 06:28 pm
This is what most developments shud b doin, Bucs shud b congratulated 4 what they doin, age cheating is a huge problem in Africa, we myt joke about it but its not part of "fair play"...

@bucslast born, datz your user-name nje, it daznt mean u really hv 2 blog lyk a kid!!
posted: 06:38 pm
my Question now is<
Is pirates broke now coz last time i checked chiefs was broke hence they close the development,

wen we tell thiese embicels that evry thing starts at naturena they never listen, wait till you hear pie rats are looking for a rugby team as well,

bobby said it before and i will repeat,

we went to elis park, they followed us,we went to royal bafokeng they still followed us, we went to orlando they followed,and if they could they would come to the naturena village
posted: 06:42 pm
Ayeye Dr Khoza. Shut it down. We don't condone criminal acts at Mayfair. We are men of pride and honor and won't let those age cheating scoundrels drag the name of Pirates through the mud. I also know a boy in my community who plays for the Buccaneer development team. He is extremely talented and when he was selected amongst his peers to play for Pirates, there were those who weren't even allowed to trial as they were above the age limit. So I know that Pirate as a company does not support age cheating.

I am proud to be a Buccaneer.

My blood is black and white
KhosiNation aka Mampodi
posted: 06:50 pm
A gud move by Colonel I know its not us but parents or guardians shud also be fair at times they must moniter their young ones. Obviously birth certificates are modified for these to happen. We know we r suffering but we shud make a living in a decent way. I suspect most african countrieshave the same problem.
posted: 06:57 pm
why investigate the development only not every player under pirates, even oMkhulu who keep commenting #### apha kuKickoff. Rise!!!!!!!!!!
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