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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...

posted: 07:01 pm
Khoza wil always be an understudy to king chincha guluva the longest serving club chairman in south africa
Bofolla Safety Belt Reja Joy Makhosi
posted: 07:04 pm
Well done to Iron Toek. He adhere to a thoroughly researched document from Naturena which highlight the fact that South Africa needs to deal with the age cheating issue as early as possible thus helping the country to fare much better against teams like Zambia.

A step in the right direction Mabhakania. We wont say anything. You can field everyone on the 8th. We don't want an unfair advantage.
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 07:06 pm
Shame I feel for Njenje.....

Pirates fans are such hypocrites when Chiefs shut down the academy for similar reasons they insulted the team and called us all names under the sun, now they are congradulating Khoza for doing exactly what Motaung Snr about double standards.......Akuna bantu La.
posted: 07:29 pm
Ha ha ha...Khoza is a man of ethic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!after cheating for the past how many years at the Nike cup (to mention but 1) resulting in numerous trips overseas as the SA representative and cheating good teams (of proper age) from winning, they choose to come clean now - I can tell you it is only because teams are now requested to to do bone density tests on players at competitions and at National level so instead of being caught out they "own up". Hopefully this sends Palacios packing as well we do not need his type in SA soccer.
Champ Msholozi
posted: 07:30 pm
Please start with u-Manyisa, followed by Khoza himself as I feel he's 2 yrs younger than Madiba, phela lama-Red lips uyawabona dala ephuza iTakunyisa
El Sol
posted: 07:33 pm
Manyisa used to play 5 aside street diski with abo Jerry Skhosana so he must also be investigated..KAIZER CHIEFS 'WE LEAD, OTHERS (rats) FOLLOW'..
CJB Ramses III
posted: 08:13 pm
Not only should these academies be shut done... the training methodologies & stuff should also be dustbined...

Yesterday ko Ivory Park I was with a youth development coach that works with Bo Njenje & trains u/14s ko Ivory...

I must say the way these academies train children is deconstructive...

these coaches with their what-what licenses are contributing to the death of football in this country... the drills are pointless... gone are the days were football is about flair, feeling & instinct...

Now these boys are being trained to be rigid machines that play without instinct...
posted: 08:20 pm
@ The Phefeni Boy

Earlier today I accused you of not making sense. I realise now that it was not entirely true and I apologise.

Age and player registration cheating is rife at safa regional level. That is where it should be rooted out first. Players from these leagues are taken to soccer academies and psl clubs development programmes fraudulently. We have to start from local associations in order to cure this disease.
KhosiNation aka Mampodi
posted: 09:04 pm
@ CJB Ramses III I concur. But it is not only starting now its a thing of the past. Aliens have taken over our football that is why de r no dribling wizards anymore.

I still believe the is a conspiracy around this. It got worse since Trousier till Pereira a comon denominator being the world cup. To be fair its not only SA its all frican countries. Egypt was an exception but now it seems they fell into the trap.

SA must catch a wake up we r in the right direction now we have to overcome all this things. Somehow I feel Africa must be a force world wide and I think sports will go a long way in showing those intentions.
posted: 09:05 pm
Parents are the source of this rot, they doctor their children's birth date so that they look young and get into development teams when they should have been there 5 years earlier, it is high time we get some technology that can use a blood test to ascertain the age, this makes our national teams to be stagnant because whilst we waiting for a player to mature he is in Fact AGING...
posted: 09:14 pm
what will be njenje doing all along???
Milutin Sredojević (HLABARINTO)
posted: 09:17 pm
Wonderposted: 07:39 am
This has been there ever since that development started, Kaizer was cashing on it and there's nothing genuine about him raising this issue now. fact of the matter is that running a professional development is costly and he is currently suffering financial problems since Premedia pulled out, he just doesn't want to come out and tell the truth. whoever believes that Kaizer will have a problem with any kind of cheating that benefits his team should really consult a brain surgeon, Kaizer is where he is true that practice, his team alleged "success" through dubious means is legendary.

So are you guys saying he all of a sudden developed a conscious? i agree with you King there, players like Shoes never faked their age hence they played well into their forties. how do you explain Dr Khumalo beng finished at 30?

You can fool some people some of the times, but you can not fool all the people all the time!
what one of the fools said after Kaizer shut down our development few years ago...
posted: 09:22 pm
Kickoff must up their game, I read bwt ths article arnd 12:30 mid'ay . . . Up the champs
Milutin Sredojević (HLABARINTO)
posted: 09:31 pm
mhlonitjhwa: Treble Champ kwes'biliposted: 11:18 am | Report
We are nt gonna sink Amazula with a heavy score as we hv reserved that 7-0 for the 8th of Dec.
So 3 goals to nil courtesy of Mbesuma will ensure the gap is almost close with only 2 points separation.

So reclaiming the glory is jst a pipe dream influence by Jesilekhekhe and her soon-to-be convicted brother (who is mastermind behind the murder of babaJimmy Mohlala) Bobby Mbhebheni Motaung for their Dogs to hav somethng to preach about.
Milutin Sredojević (HLABARINTO)
posted: 09:34 pm
mhlonitjhwa: Treble Champ kwes'biliposted: 11:27 pm | Report
Oooooh i cant wait 4 Sunday where Amanzula will be Mbesumarised.
The third treble is slowly starting to smell on my nose nw!
Khosiologyst ...''Echte Liebe''
posted: 10:22 pm
Manyisa and them are in their late 40s. Now when honest young men like Jali mix up with old men hidden in skinny jeans & tatoos, you find a boy like him fathering kids everywhere cause he thinks it's normal. Lekgwathi is almost Dr khoza's age, he lives through s'washo and uk phalaza ne speit. the day he decides to stop he will be a vegetable.
posted: 12:46 am
but what can b done 2 stop this nonsense? BB ll always perform under par due 2 things like this
Mthinayi (Bugs Killer)
posted: 05:47 am
Age cheating is most virus factor in our African soccer, everybody must play a prominent part to eliminate this contigence disease.

We salute Kaizer snr for showing them the way, and rest is starting to show initiative now.
posted: 05:53 am
Why is it that this article is written the same as the Soccerladuma one? Who plagiarised? Or u both got the article from same source but failed to acknowledge. Ethical journalism!
posted: 06:51 am
This article was sourced from Orlando Pirates football club 's website so every media house must copy and paste it to avoid "opinion journalism"
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