Orlando Pirates FC are still looking for a goalkeeper after the death of Senzo Meyiwa in 2014. The current Pirates goalkeepers are not good enough to carry the team to greater heights as they are always conceding goals unnecessarily. All the goalkeepers who played after Senzo Meyiwa are still yet to prove that they are good enough to play for one of Africa’s best teams.
Jackson Mabokgwane of Orlando pirates has apologised to the club and its supporters following his mistake that led the team to concede a poor goals in last season’s 2-1 defeat to Bloemfontein Celtic at Orlando Stadium. Mabokgwane‚ a Bafana Bafana international‚ was at fault for the equalising goal that allowed Celtic back into the match after Oupa Manyisa’s 1-0 first-half lead.
The 28-year-old goalkeeper lifted his arms to indicate he was allowing a long ball from Lantshene Phalane to run out and then watched in horror as it went over his head and into the back of the net. He has now taken full responsibility.
“I’d like to officially offer my sincere apologies to the Pirates family‚ chairman (Irvin Khoza)‚ my colleagues‚ management‚ technical team and supporters for the error I committed in our match against Celtics‚” Mabokgwane told our source.
“Words can’t express the pain I caused for everyone.
“I own up to the loss and promise not to let them down again in that manner.”
Mabokgwane has in recent times donned the number one jersey at the club and produced some eye catching performances before the howler against Celtic. The Limpopo-born goalkeeper kept two clean sheets in his first two matches against Free State Stars and Chippa United. He has conceded only four goals in five matches since he got his break.
Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Felipe Ovono exited the team in a way that was not proper for Pirates. This comes after the Equatorial Guinea goalkeeper blew his chances of playing for Pirates when he conceded a lot of unnecessary goals that led the team to lose games they should have won. Ovono was the fourth goalkeeper after Brighton Mhlongo reclaimed the number one position at Pirates. Since coming back, Mhlongo has done very well and has been selected to play for Bafana Bafana. But now he is playing for Chippa united and not getting game time as Daniel Akpeyi is doing well in goals for the team.
The number one goalkeeper was Mhlongo, followed by Jackson Mabokgwane, then on third was Siyabonga Mpontshane. Ovono was fourth meaning that he would only play when the 3 goalkeepers were not available, which is something that will not happen at Pirates.
Ovono failed to live up to expectations at Pirates. He was signed due to his great performances for the Equatorial Guinea national team a few seasons ago. Although he is facing the exiting door at Pirates, Ovono is still rated the number one goalkeeper in Equatorial Guinea.
Recently New goalkeeper wayne Sandilands conceded a goal from Mamelodi Sundowns captain Kekana from his own half. Sandilands was not expecting him to score as he was far away from the goal posts. Fans are now tired of the goalkeeper and asking management to look for another one as all the available goalkeepers failed Pirates.