Today in SA Sport History: Oppenheimer Stadium victims


On the 13th of January 1991, multiple lives were lost at the Oppenheimer Stadium in the then-Transvaal mining town Orkney, when a stampede broke out during a soccer match between arch-rivals Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.

The pre-season match between the two sides turned ugly when a goal awarded to the Amakhosi was met with Pirates supporters pummelling Chiefs fans with cans and fruit, eventually escalating into an all-out fight.

A total of 42-soccer fans were killed with many more being injured in what was the worst sporting disaster in South Africa’s history, until being eclipsed ten-years later by the Ellis Park Stadium disaster, which took the lives of 44 people in a match between the same sides.


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