Pirates juniors boss battles?‘age jealousy’

2010-05-02 10:25

Fuming Orlando Pirates ­development boss Augusto ­Palacios has

challenged everyone who claims his players are ­over-aged to prove their

­allegations or stop spreading ­nasty rumours.

Palacios’ outburst came in the wake of accusations levelled against

his side’s Under-15 team that won the Manchester ­United Nike Premier Under-15

­tournament last week.

The Pirates juniors will now represent South Africa at the

Manchester leg in August.

They have been accused of ­fielding a player who had played in the

­previous two editions of the tournament and who was also playing in the Castle

Regional League and national under-17 side. Palacios confirmed that Tshepo

Diphoko was playing for the club’s Under-19 side and the Regional League but

said there was nothing wrong with that.

Palacios added that most of their juniors play with the senior team

to make them more ­competitive.

Palacios said: “I have checked his documents and he was born in

1995 and that makes him 15. ­People should come forward if they have any proof

that our ­players are over-aged.”

He said that last year they expelled 30 players who were found to

have falsified their documents: “We have cleaned our ­structures and we have all

­documents from ­primary schools, clinics, Home ­Affairs and affidavits from all


Palacios labelled those who ­accused his side of cheating of ­being


He said: “Frankly, I don’t care any more about what people say

about us. They were all against us from the onset but we showed that we are the


He said they sacrificed a lot to win the tournament as the players

did not enjoy the school holidays as they were preparing for the event.


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