Today marks 28 years of an unforgettable low point in South African football. “The Orkney Disaster brings back sad memories in our history,” said Kaizer Chiefs Chairman, Kaizer Motaung, “This is the day that reminds us of the 42 supporters that paid the ultimate price for the love of football.”
Kaizer Chiefs on 13 January 1991 played in a friendly against their arch rivals Orlando Pirates at the Oppenheimer Stadium in Orkney. Chaos erupted during the course of the game after Chiefs took the lead. In the stampede, panicking fans trying to escape the brawls were crushed to death and others sustained injuries.
The Chairman expressed his commemorating message,” On behalf of Amakhosi family I remember this as a fateful day,” he said. “Once again I wish to send the message of Love & Peace to the bereaved families and friends.”
“It is painful I know,” lamented the Chairman. “Paramahansa Yogananda 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 effected.”
May their souls continue to rest in the eternal peace.