Pirates pay tribute to Batchelor

Orlando Pirates have joined the football fraternity in sending out a tribute to former striker Marc Batchelor, who was gunned down on Monday evening.

Tributes have poured in for the former Premier Soccer League footballer who played for some of the league's biggest clubs, including the Buccaneers during their CAF Champions League triumph in 1995.

READ: Batchelor shot dead in Joburg

"Orlando Pirates Football Club is saddened by the news of the passing of former striker Marc Batchelor who was shot in Johannesburg last night," read a statement from the club.

"From all of us at Orlando Pirates Football Club, we convey our heartfelt and deepest sympathy to the Batchelor family and pledge our profound moral support.

"We supplicate that God gives you fortitude at this moment of your extreme grief and pain.

"Not many players have the unique privilege of having played for all the top clubs in South Africa like Marc Batchelor did.

"Not only did the burly striker play for the Mighty Buccaneers but he also donned the colours of Wits University, Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns as well as Moroka Swallows in a career that spanned over a decade.

"'Batch', as he was affectionately known, was not known for his speed or skill but play anything to his head and he was in a league of his own.

"Batch was part of the Pirates team that conquered the continent in 1995 where he featured in the first leg of the final against Asec Mimosas as a starter before being replaced by Bruce Ramokadi in the second leg, where he came off the bench in Pirates' famous victory over the Ivorian giants."

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