Bruce has su­per mem­o­ries of ‘96 cup

The Star Late Edition - - SPORT - Ramokadi was speak­ing to Mat­she­lane Mam­abolo

A STAR of South Africa’s soli­tary suc­cess in the Su­per Cup rem­i­nisces about their suc­cess. Bruce Ramokadi, pic­tured, scored the match’s only goal as Or­lando Pi­rates beat Al­ge­rian side JS Kaby­ile in 1996 af­ter the Buccaneers had won the Cham­pi­ons Cup late in 1995. I re­mem­ber that match very well. It was Mark Fish’s last game for Pi­rates be­fore he moved to Italy and the club made him cap­tain for that match. If I am not wrong, the match was Vik­tor Bon­darenko’s first or sec­ond one as our coach. I got to start the match be­cause Jerry (Sikhosana) had some dis­pute with man­age­ment and didn’t pitch up. It was in­cred­i­ble to score the goal that gave the club the tro­phy. But back then, we ac­tu­ally had no idea of the sig­nif­i­cance of the match. We had just won the Cham­pi­ons Cup and we thought that was it. And then we were told we had to play another match. I knew though that it was a se­ri­ous match when the club got us to go into camp on the Wed­nes­day. Nor­mally, we only camped a day be­fore the match. We knew noth­ing about JSK, ex­cept that they were from Al­ge­ria. Look­ing ahead to Satur­day, I think Sun­downs can beat Mazembe be­cause they are tac­ti­cally and tech­ni­cally su­pe­rior to them. Mazembe are a very dis­ci­plined team but Sun­downs should be able to break them down. They are at home and should use the ad­van­tage. 1996 SU­PER CUP PI­RATES TEAM: Wil­liam Ok­para; Mark Fish, Gavin Lane, Phiri Tsotetsi, Bernard Lushozi, Hel­man Mkhalele (In­no­cent Mncwango 46), John Moeti, Du­misa Ngobe, Bran­don Silent (Ed­ward Mo­tale 76), Bruce Ramokadi

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