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'I Love Orlando Pirates, But The Struggle Means More'

Football fans across the country were left disappointed over the weekend as a clash that was expected to be of mammoth proportions eventually ended up being called off. Two PSL giants, in the form of Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates, never got their boots out of the locker room as the match was called off due to student protests.

South African universities across the land have been in a volatile state recently, with many having their classes and activities suspended due to student protests over proposed fee increases.

This spilled over into the footballing world on Saturday night, with the PSL clash between the Buccaneers and the Clever Boys being called off. Supporters Club caught up with an Orlando Pirates supporter and Wits University student, who asked to be referred to as Robert for security reasons, to get his thoughts on it all.

"Ja, I was there at the game. I didn't actually know it would be called off until it really was," he said.

"What I'm most disappointed about is how the geniuses decided to call it off an hour before, when they knew about these protests for weeks prior to the game. This situation could have been very avoidable. On top of that, supporters must now hold on to their tickets, and no one will reimburse them for their transport costs.

"However, no matter how bad I feel for the supporters, the struggle is the most important thing. We are fighting for free education and that can only be done if we disrupt. I love Orlando Pirates, but the struggle means more. I was sad to see it called off, and I was actually there to watch the game, but the game can happen another time. This revolution can't wait.

"But, when this game does eventually get played, I'm backing the mighty Buccaneers to win 3-1. It's our time to get the league, Wits will have to wait another season… or forever (laughs)."

Do you think the situation could have been handled better or earlier by the PSL?

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