Orlando Pirates friendly match called off

A competitive friendly match which was initially planned for this month for Orlando Pirates against a team from Botswana has been called off.

The Buccaneers had been expected to play against Botswana Premier League side Township Rollers in one of the Soweto giants’ upcoming friendly matches, ahead of their much anticipated clash against rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the Carling Black Label Cup later this month.

Rollers, who initially confirmed having the match against Bucs lined up, have announced that it has since been called off, along with the other planned against Bidvest Wits.

“Changes have been made to Township Rollers’ pre-season fixture programme. Rollers played PSL outfit SuperSport United on Sunday at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville, Pretoria, but will not play Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates as originally planned,” Rollers confirmed in a statement of the club’s official Facebook page.


“While Pirates and Wits had initially agreed to host Popa, there have been subsequent change of plans owing to the unavailability of the Wits field on Tuesday and Pirates’ travel to Cape Town. Efforts to reschedule the fixtures could not bear fruit owing to clashing pre-season programme commitments, but the two South African clubs mutually look forward to a friendly in future,” read the club’s statement.

As reported, Rollers will face Chiefs in Botswana on Saturday.

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