Clarity over Bucs player numbers

2015-03-16 15:02
Lehlohonolo Majoro (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Over the weekend, certain players were spotted wearing different jersey numbers in the CAF Confederations Cup clash between Orlando Pirates and Uganda Revenue Authority.

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Pirates captain Oupa Manyisa was wearing the revered number 10 jersey made famous by legends such as Chippa Moloi and Jomo Sono, while Kermit Erasmus who often wears the number 95 for local competitions was spotted wearing the now retired number 22 jersey previously worn by the late striker Lesley Manyathela.

Pirates official website reveals that their head office has been inundated with calls from supporters seeking clarity on the change of numbers, so decided to put a call through to the to clarify on the matter.

“The rules are fairly simple on this matter,” said Bucs Administrative Officer Floyd Mbele.

“Rule 6.5 of the regulations states that the jerseys of the players must be numbered from 1 to 30, and they must be identical to the numbers indicated on the players’ licenses for the whole duration of the competition.

“It’s not just in CAF games, even the World Cup has rules where players must wear 1 to 23.”

“We complied with the rule and looked at which numbers we had available between 1 and 30 then allocated them accordingly. Our keepers wear 1 and 16 so we gave that to Brighton and Zikalala respectively.

“We also freed up all the higher numbers so that in the event of someone coming in at the next registration window, then there are numbers available.”

Mbele went on to add that the rule was similar to what was seen in our 2013 CAF Champions League run, where we reached the final in Cairo and similar questions were raised about the absence of the Vodacom logo on the front of the jersey.

“Outside of a special exception by the CAF committee, the teams involved from the group stages onwards shall not be authorised to wear sponsor logos on their jerseys, more so when the sponsors conflict with those of the competition (in the case of Vodacom and Orange Mobile). It’s all there in the manual.”

Our registered players and numbers for the CAF Confederations Cup are as follows: 

(1) Brighton Mhlongo; (2) Ayanda Gcaba; (3) Patrick Phungwayo; (4) Happy Jele; (5) Mpho Makola; (6) Thandani Ntshumayelo; (7) Daine Klate (pre-registered ahead of transfer); (8) Thabo Matlaba; (9) Lehlohonolo Majoro; (10) Oupa Manyisa; (11) Sifiso Myeni; (12) Lehlogonolo Masalesa; (13) Ntsikelelo Nyauza; (14) Lucky Lekgwathi; (15) Thabo Qalinge; (16) Philani Zikalala; (17) Lennox Bacela; (18) Issa Sarr; (21) Siyabonga Sangweni; (22) Kermit Erasmus; (23) Helder Pelembe; (24) Khethokwakhe Masuku; (25) Thabo Rakhale; (28) Rooi Mahamutsa; (30) Thamsangqa Gabuza.

Available numbers: 19, 20, 26, 27 and 29.

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