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Motaung Mourns: It Is Painful, I Know

Kaizer Chiefs chairman, Kaizer Motaung, has once more mourned the loss of the supporters that lost their lives 28 years ago in the Orkney Disaster.

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Yesterday marked 28 years since 42 people sadly passed away after chaos ensued at a friendly between the Amakhosi and their rivals, Orlando Pirates, at Oppenheimer Stadium in Orkney. 

The Glamour Boys were barely 20-years-old at the time, however, the Soweto Derby had already developed into one of the biggest games on the African continent, and there was a stampede as Chiefs took the lead, which led to a crush and the tragic loss of lives. 

Speaking to the club’s official website, Motaung said, “The Orkney Disaster brings back sad memories in our history… This is the day that reminds us of the 42 supporters that paid the ultimate price for the love of football. 

“On behalf of Amakhosi family I remember this as a fateful day, once again I wish to send the message of Love & Peace to the bereaved families and friends. 

“It is painful, I know… Paramahansa Yogananda (Indian spiritual figure) once said, ‘One cannot tell when he is going to be healed, so do not try to set an exact time limit. Faith, not time, will determine when the cure will be affected’.”

Soccer Laduma would like to send their thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of those that never made it home on that fateful day in 1991. 

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