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DStv Premiership: Orlando Pirates' Tapelo Xoki Pulls Off Miss of the Season Against Richards Bay FC
- Orlando Pirates defender Tapelo Xoki will want to forget a moment of madness during the DStv Premiership encounter against Richards Bay
- He was guilty of what could be the biggest miss of 2023 early in the match at the King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium in Durban
- It did not prove to be costly, though, as the Buccaneers would emerge from the match with all three points
In sport, the only thing more spectacular than your success is your failure.
For Tapelo Xoki, the failure was on another level of spectacular at the King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium in Durban.
In the DStv Premiership encounter between Orlando Pirates and Richards Bay FC, the Buccaneers defender was guilty of a miss that will go down in history. With the goal at his mercy after the Rich Boyz' goalkeeper Malcolm Jacobs parried a shot onto his path, Xoki skied his shot from less than two metres away from goal.
Luckily for him, his team would not pay for that miss, eventually running out 2-0 winners courtesy of goals by Terrence Dzvukamanja and Monnapule Saleng.
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Man caught selling fake tickets
Meanwhile, was drama at the stadium before kick-off.
Sports Brief reported that a fake ticket seller was apprehended by security while in the act of allegedly distributing his counterfeit wares.
Journalist Robin-Duke Madlala was on the scene as the individual was apprehended by security guards at the venue. He snapped several pictures of him being escorted off the premises.
Fans warned about fake tickets
This is not the first time Sports Brief has reported on fake tickets being sold at local football matches.
In February, fans who attended the Soweto Derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates were warned about the ongoing sales of counterfeit tickets outside Soccer City. Stadium Management South Africa said that it was a roaring trade that was proving difficult to curtail.
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SMSA CEO Bertie Grobler said that, in future, there would be ticket verification sites in and around venues managed by the organisation, with those found to possess fraudulent ones being removed from the stadiums. Also, undercover police officers are now on the lookout for the crooks.