“El Cinco de Mayo” (Spanish for “The 5th of May”), is a Mexican and American holiday observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the “Battle of Puebla” on the 5th of May 1982.
31 years later, Orlando Pirates claimed an unlikely victory over the French-speaking forces of TP Mazembe on a day I have christened and will commemorate as “El Cinco de Meyiwa”.
Media blackouts and controversial refereeing decisions were the weapon of choice for TP Mazembe, in a match many Pirates fans said should’ve been abandoned in the first half.
In spite of the red card given to Captain Lekgwathi in the first half and the two penalties awarded in the second half, the Orlando Pirates defence somehow managed to withstand the barrage on their goals which lasted almost 100 minutes.
The 25 year old Orlando Pirates goalkeeper, Senzo Meyiwa, was right on the firing line of the Congolese onslaught and emerged as the hero by making crucial saves on the day, including two from the penalty spot.
Although a part of me wants to see the match, a part of me doesn’t want the footage to ever be released as the video may water down the modern soccer legend that is being dubbed by some as “the greatest game we never saw“.
Now I think I know what it feels like for those left behind at home whilst their country is at war… Scavenging for any tidbits of information on Twitter and Facebook… Hanging on every report coming from the SABC… Fearing the worst but hoping for the best… Eagerly awaiting news about our boys abroad…
[The Hero of Pirates Called MEYIWA] – www.tpmazembe.com
They fought well, they fought hard and now the troops are coming home!
Until next year, Happy Cinco de Meyiwa.