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Vodacom leads support to Orlando Pirates in the crunch game vs Lamontville Golden Arrows

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Orlando Pirates hope that fortune will smile on them when they meet Lamontville Golden Arrows at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday 21 May in the final match of the 2010/11 Premier Soccer League season.

The Buccaneers go into this crunch encounter knowing that a victory, coupled with any slip-up by log leaders, Ajax Cape Town against Maritzburg United down in Cape Town, will see them crowned champions for the first time since 2003. They will be aiming to put as much pressure on their title rivals as possible by pouching the three points on offer against 10th-placed Arrows.

The scintillating form of Tlou Segolela and Andile Jali has been the mainstay of Pirates' season so far, with major contributions coming from the likes of Happy Jele, Isaac Chansa, Ruben Cloete and Oupa Manyisa in support have made them a formidable proposition over the course of the campaign.

Dutch coach, Ruud Krol, has instilled a sense of resilience into Pirates that has kept them in contention for silverware right up until the end of a gruelling campaign in which they have already bagged one major cup and are through to the final of another. It is a virtue that could prove decisive in the final reckoning of the league as well, as the relative inexperience of the Urban Warriors may just leave the door slightly open for Bucs to burst through.

"This same virtue applies to ‘The Ghost', who have stood by their heroes every step of the way and will do so until the last ball is kicked, and beyond," said Enzo Scarcella, Vodacom's Managing Executive: Marketing."It is also one of the cornerstones of Vodacom's partnership with Orlando Pirates, and as long as it remains possible, we support their efforts to realise the objective. We say ‘Power to You'!'" 

In their customary role as the Greatest Supporter of South Africa soccer, , Vodacom will be out and about, painting the town Vodacom red throughout the week with a series of Road Shows to begin the build-up to a possible title-clinching clash.

On Tuesday 17 May, the Vodacom Gig Rig will get the ball rolling at the Southgate Mall between 11.00 and 17.00. Following a day's break for voting on Wednesday 18 May, the Road Shows resume on Thursday 19 May at the Maponya Mall in Soweto from 11.00 until 17.00. The, on Friday 20 May, the party moves to the Carlton Centre Mall for the final pre-game Road Show. The Gig Rig will be swinging to the beats of the DJs, while the MCs entertain the crowd with prizes and giveaways that include official Vodacom and Orlando Pirates merchandise, as well as airtime vouchers, all of which will also be available on sale.

In keeping with Vodacom's customer focused ‘Power To You' culture that puts the customer first, authorised agents will be present to assist members of the public with hassle free RICA registration and explain the benefits of M-PESA.

The big match kicks off at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto. Fans are encouraged to get there as early as possible to avoid congestion  and to create a terrific atmosphere by the time the players take the field.


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