“Why the f**k did he not do that at West Ham!!!” reads a YouTube comment in response to the video clip above featuring Benni McCarthy’s superb free kick in the 2011 Telkom Cup quarterfinal between Orlando Pirates and Moroka Swallows. This is the best goal I have seen in the PSL era: an extraordinary strike in a tense match Pirates were losing by a goal to nil. And while Swallows players were still scratching their heads in bewilderment, he got a second and sealed the match.
We’ve profiled South African photographer Pieter Hugo before (here and here) and he is now back with an exhibition running until July 3 at Colette in Paris. Featured are his 2005 portraits of supporters of Johannesburg football club, the Orlando Pirates, who “in their fanatical garb, are provocative images of modes of masculinity and of […]
David Smith, The (UK) Guardian’s South African correspondent, recently attended a match between South Africa’s two biggest clubs, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates (Nelson Mandela is a fan of the latter team; not of rugby). His verdict: Smith loves the fans (no fighting or hooligans), but he does not like the football.