Orlando Pirates player suffers burglary
Posted: 14 February 2017 Time: 07:00
The troubles that have sunk Orlando Pirates into confusion are spilling off the field with one of the player’s residence burgled just a day after the humiliation by Mamelodi Sundowns which led to chaotic scenes at Loftus.
Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza confirmed that one of the club players had a skirmish with criminals.
It is an incident that has left Khoza wondering if it has any connection to what happened at Loftus on Saturday and the team’s dismal run of form that has left them without a win in the last seven games – six of them in the league.
“One of my players had a burglary at his house on Sunday,” said Khoza, without making mention of the player’s name.
“His partner at the house used a gun to scare off the burglars,” he added, while then throwing questions about whether this could be related to the violence on Saturday and how much it affects the players.
“These are the kind of issues that we will never get to know how they affect these players because we don’t know what the cause of that [burglary] was. Was it just a burglary from criminality or what was it? I don’t know,” he noted.
There was tight security at Pirates’ training base at Rand Stadium on Monday with hired bouncers stationed at all entrances to avoid any chances of the kind of training ground disturbances that have happened at the club in previous years.
Weekend reports suggested that two Pirates players were also assaulted by fans in the aftermath of the ugly incidents at Loftus.