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
Pirates official website reveals that their head office has
been inundated with calls from supporters seeking clarity on the change of
numbers, so Orlandopiratesfc.com 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
“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
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.”
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.