Orlando Pirates’ 6-1 defeat to SuperSport United in an Absa Premiership clash at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Tuesday evening, equaled the iconic club’s record ever defeat – handed to them by Mamelodi Sundowns 26 years ago.
Goals from Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Michael Boxall (2), Thuso Phala, Bradley Grobler and Jeremy Brockie – all in the space of 36 second-half minutes – condemned the Buccaneers to an humiliating loss, prompting Muhsin Ertuğral to offer his resignation.
« I don’t think this has happened in the history of the club. We all don’t deserve to wear the Pirates jersey and tomorrow I will speak to my chairman and put in my resignation, » Ertuğral said in the aftermath of SuperSport, channel 204.
According to the record books; Pirates worst ever defeat heading into the clash was a 6-1 loss suffered at the hands of the Brazilians in the quarterfinals of the BP Top Eight on 3 February, 1990.
Pirates’ record defeat is 1-6 against Sundowns on 3/2/1990
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On that faithful day in 1990, the clash was part of a double header with Wits University stunning Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 before Sundowns turned on the « piano and shoeshine ».
Goals from Bennett Masinga (2), Harold Legodi (2) and a goal apiece from Lovemore Chafunya and Ernest Mtawali leading the Chloorkop-based side to a commanding win.
Unsurprisingly, Sundowns went on to win the top eight title that season.