Orlando Pirates remember the Ellis Park Disaster, as coach Kjell Jonevret and the team get ready to face Maritzburg United tonight.
The Buccaneers will host the Team of Choice in an Absa Premiership game at the Orlando Stadium tonight. Following the team’s impressive 4-1 win over Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup at the weekend, the Bucs camp is oozing with confidence at the moment as the team will be attempting to improve its log position.
Today, 11 April 2017, marks 16 years since the Ellis Park Disaster. On 11 April 2001, thousands of football fans filled the Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg for the game between Kaizer Chiefs and Pirates.
While it was expected to be an entertaining game of football, in true Soweto derby style with all the elements of a big game, tragedy struck as 43 people died during a stampede that occurred.
The game was to be abandoned as the bodies of the deceased were laid out on the pitch for identification. As Bucs are getting ready to face Maritzburg tonight to attempt to get their fifth league win of the 2016/17 season, the club confirmed on its social media platforms about remembering the Ellis Park Disaster.
“The Bucs face Maritzburg United tonight at Orlando Stadium, on the day that we remember the Ellis Park Disaster. More than just a game day,” Pirates tweeted.
Pirates lost 2-1 against Maritzburg in their first round game played at Harry Gwala Stadium in December.