Pirates to probe age fraud

2012-11-15 21:32

Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates have suspended their youth development programme to investigate age cheating.

Pirates, treble trophy winners for the last two Premier Soccer League seasons, said in a statement on Thursday the club had "learned recently" of instances of cheating within its ranks.

"It appears to be of a magnitude that calls for an immediate, and extensive, investigation," the statement read.

The club hoped the suspension of the programme would not disrupt the schooling of the youth in its academy, and parents had been advised to make arrangements for their children to return to school nearer their homes. They were also urged to participate in the investigation.

"The full scale investigation that the club is undertaking is as a result of the preliminary investigation that has identified occurrences of age cheating in our academy.

"This is of grave concern to the club as this practice does not only go against the Orlando Pirates Football Club value system, it is first and foremost an illegal act of criminality that goes against the law.

"It is therefore incumbent upon the club to take immediate and drastic action."

The process would start with a "full-scale, far reaching investigation" in an effort to eradicate the problem and put systems in place to avoid cheating in future.


  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-15 21:56

    U want to tell me that they don't only rob them in high seas!

  • tshiamo.seipelo - 2012-11-15 22:16

    Lol..... Cheating is very successful Persons Blood Vessels

  • sbahle.wela - 2012-11-16 00:53

    I have always watched manyisa and wondered is he really a youngster....yet unempandla

      Boogy.504 - 2012-11-16 10:47

      you ass, it's the youth academy. Read the article again. Manyisa is in the 1st team

  • tony.ds63 - 2012-11-16 06:03

    This goes a long way back ,something must have happened to get this type of reaction ,whatever it was can only be good for youth soccer development ,last year they won the nike cup south africa with overaged players in the squad ,they went to the uk also and almost lifted the trophy .

  • sbusiso.kubheka.3 - 2012-11-16 06:28

    What value systems. They've torched stadiums and abused languages! That Manyisa is no youngster. our players fade into the wilderness within 1 season because of age cheating. Let's hope good comes out of this probe.

      tokollo.moeletsi - 2012-11-16 08:20

      Some of us did have an opportunity see Manyisa develop. He was indeed born in 1988 and hails from Mohlakeng. Unless you were in the delivery room when he was born please substantiate your statements with proven facts....

  • Hangwanie - 2012-11-16 07:33

    Age cheats started at Pirates and will end there

      ajdfrancisco - 2012-11-16 09:35

      They use thier younger brothers identity..Eish ai tog,dit is nou genoeg

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-11-16 11:32

      The forever young, the Methuselahs of soccer.

  • cosmas.ngwenya - 2012-11-16 13:42

    they r cumng from kaizer chifs n they want to play 4 pirates by all mins....

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