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Pirates Mourn Passing Of Club Legend

Orlando Pirates Legend Has Passed Away

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By Soccer Laduma - Jul 11, 2017 11:14 AM

Orlando Pirates mourn the passing of club legend, Alfred Jacobs. The Buccaneers took to the club’s official website to convey messages of condolences for Jacobs.

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According to the club’s statement, the player known as ‘Russia’ in the football fraternity succumbed to illness, after being admitted to a Bethlehem hospital in the Free State.

He was 78 years old at the time of his passing.

It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing away of Alfred Jacobs. “Russia” as he was affectionately known, was admitted to the Phekolong Hospital in Bethlehem, Free State last week where he later succumbed to his illness on July 7 - he was 78.

Mr Jacobs, who was known for his exceptional skills and eye for goal scoring inherited the nickname “From Russia with Love” from the 60s hit song “From Russia with Love”. His goals were a gift of love to the supporters.

Mr Jabobs was one of the legends of the famous Orlando Pirates squad of 1968 which featured the likes of Percy ‘Chippa’ Moloi, the Khoza twins, Bernard ‘Dancing Shoes’ Hartze, Rashid Khan, Ralph ‘Ndabazabantu’ Hendricks, Hans Moses and Gerard van der Haar.

This multi-racial, multi-cultural squad defied many odds during a time when it was an unacceptable thing to do so. Unfortunately, any arguments that sport was divorced from politics were rubbished when the Apartheid state dismantled the team as some of the players were not considered “Africans” (or ‘Bantu’ in the official parlance of the day).

Before that sorry episode, the club and their many fans had also been disappointed when state officials blocked a proposed match-up between Pirates and Highlands in Swaziland, depriving thousands of fans of soccer’s equivalent of Cassius Clay meeting Sonny Liston.

We convey our heartfelt and deepest sympathy to the Jacobs Family and pledge our profound moral support.

We supplicate that God gives the family fortitude at this moment of extreme grief and pain.

Details of the funeral will be announced at a later date.

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Soccer Laduma sends our heartfelt condolences to Jacobs’ family and everyone affected by his sad passing. 

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Ntsikij Jul 12, 2017 11:47 AM
Rest in peace GrandPa. You set the bar high for us and you have left permanent footprints. Thank You for the love and for your great teachings that will carry us through life. May You find eternal rest in the hands of the Almighty. We love you
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D'twice88(mighty buccaneer) Jul 11, 2017 11:24 PM
May his soul Rest In Peace
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cowgelow_mla Jul 11, 2017 09:50 PM
Pirates should consider changing their colour, this black seems to be bad luck. Pirates players and legends are dying bathong aowa, that's why they play shxt
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cija cadolo Jul 11, 2017 08:13 PM
RIP
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Nkujha45 Jul 11, 2017 05:50 PM
R.I.P. Legend.you have done your path.
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Vhivha Jul 11, 2017 03:56 PM
RIP legend and sincerest condolences to family & close friends
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Nhlpato Jul 11, 2017 03:33 PM
Not forgetin another SASSA beneficiary @mix @myaka waliphefeni Hehehehe Hehehehe
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Nhlpato Jul 11, 2017 03:32 PM
Ulale ngoxolo #nhlpato is busy with his tax returns esh cos SASSA donkeys like @go khosi go @khosiological @NoelMoshia @Xolisa @kzorog @PHAZAMISA wont get their SASSA mony Hehehehe Hehehehe
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Dangerous when provoked Jul 11, 2017 02:39 PM
@fisto vs starless trophyless donkeys to you as a born free. Police during that time were wearing brown uniform with scot belts snd that round hat. Lol
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Dangerous when provoked Jul 11, 2017 02:36 PM
@Boikano so what bro.? That is important. Its my first time to hear the sad news. You mean your Ro.... .whatever more important?
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Dangerous when provoked Jul 11, 2017 02:34 PM
Ooooh that squad of 1968!!!!! The Boers messed up with SA. We would be counted amongst the World Cup winners and CAF champions.
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Golden Boots Jul 11, 2017 02:15 PM
May the Legend Rest In Peace.
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Magaya01 Jul 11, 2017 02:15 PM
So, are fans in this picture mourning? How does the pic relate to the passing on of Mr Jacobs?
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Boikano Jul 11, 2017 01:58 PM
Cowditor Bayern signed James Rodriguez from Cowdrid on a 2 year contract loan
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fisto vs starless trophyless donkeys Jul 11, 2017 01:40 PM
RIP unknown Legend
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Phunyuka bangphethe Jul 11, 2017 01:27 PM
RIP legend
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lejapapii Jul 11, 2017 01:26 PM
Sure @SuperBrand m raising my concerns Juju, I've been following this SUPERBRAND since from 1981 BRO, so what is happening at the TEAM is a mere DISGRACE. IT PAINS JUJU, IT HURTS BUCANEER.
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tshavhuyo humbulani Jul 11, 2017 01:18 PM
RIP, you were in bonus years
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MakhiloBJ Jul 11, 2017 01:10 PM
RIP Sir
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Asiphelelanga Shota I Win Jul 11, 2017 01:07 PM
RIP BUCKS

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