PSL

Pirates coach offers Mako update: 'He was unconscious at first, but he was breathing'

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Paseka Mako leaves the pitch by ambulance after being injured during the DStv Premiership match between Baroka FC and Orlando Pirates at Peter Mokaba Stadium on 12 April 2022. (Gallo Images)
Paseka Mako leaves the pitch by ambulance after being injured during the DStv Premiership match between Baroka FC and Orlando Pirates at Peter Mokaba Stadium on 12 April 2022. (Gallo Images)
  • Orlando Pirates defender Paseka Mako suffered a head injury after colliding with goalkeeper Richard Ofori on Tuesday.
  • The Pirates medical team reacted quickly, and were able to confirm that the player was conscious and breathing.
  • Pirates and Baroka eventually continued the fixture, with both teams sharing the spoils in a goalless draw.

Orlando Pirates co-coach Fadlu Davids offered a brief update on defender Paseka Mako's condition following his collision with goalkeeper Richard Ofori.

Pirates' DStv Premiership encounter against Baroka FC at the Peter Mokaba Stadium was already in stoppage time when Ofori attempted to clear the ball, only to collide with team-mate Mako who was approaching in the same direction.

It has since been confirmed by Pirates that Mako suffered a head injury.

"He was stable, that's the good thing. He was unconscious at first but then he was breathing, he was conscious but not fully conscious," Davids said.

"He was breathing... he was stable on his way to the hospital. We have no further update yet."

Davids bemoaned the fact that it took the paramedics vehicle longer than expected to arrive on the field. The Pirates and Baroka players had formed a circle around Mako while he was receiving attention from the Buccaneers medical team.

"That is solidarity from the players. Really credit to both teams and [they] stood in unison," a dejected Davids said.

"There is no Pirates, there's no Baroka in that moment. It's all football players uniting and coming together."

The goalless scoreline sees the Buccaneers (39 points) move into fourth place, while relegation threatened Baroka remain anchored in 16th position on 18 points.

Pirates return to action on Sunday against Tanzania giants Simba in the quarter-final first-leg of the CAF Confederation Cup.


We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Fixtures
Sat 16 Apr 22 13:00 PM (SAST)
Sekhukhune United
TS Galaxy
Makhulong Stadium
SuperSport
Sat 16 Apr 22 13:00 PM (SAST)
AmaZulu
Maritzburg Utd
Moses Mabhida Stadium
Sat 16 Apr 22 15:00 PM (SAST)
Cape Town City FC
Royal AM
DHL Stadium
Results
Mon 30 May 22
SuperSport Utd
SuperSport Utd 2
Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates 0
Fri 27 May 22
Royal AM
Royal AM 2
Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates 2
Tue 24 May 22
Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates 4
Maritzburg Utd
Maritzburg Utd 1
Logs
Team
P
W
PTS
Team Logo
1. Mamelodi Sundowns
30
19
65
Team Logo
2. Cape Town City FC
30
12
49
Team Logo
3. Kaizer Chiefs
30
13
47
Team Logo
4. Royal AM
30
12
47