Some of Orlando Pirates Players are Gay – Admits Coach

Following a social media uproar over a naked picture of Orlando Pirates players [alias Orlando Queers] taken moments after their Nedbank Cup victory, coach Vladimir Vermezovic has jokingly urged soccer fans to “keep calm and come out of the closet”.

The frenzy comes amid wide-spread rumors of four Orlando Pirates players coming out as gay, substantiated by damning Instagram pictures of the players touching, cuddling and posing in a manner strictly forbidden by the Leviticus scripture.

“I do acknowledge that some of my players have disclosed to being gay, but this is a private matter which should be treated with the kind of sensitivity it deserves. What my players do behind closed doors is none of my business, as long as they perform on the field,” coach Vermezovic told a Soccer Ladumo journalist.

Although Vermezovic bluntly refused to “name-and-shame” who his gay players where, he admitted that homosexual acts amongst football peers was a norm in camp.

Mamelodi Sundowns coach, Pitso Mosimane, shared the same sentiments, but asserts that this is a “closely guarded secret” in professional football.

With U.S President Barack Obama endorsing and congratulating actors, wrestlers, singers and basketball players currently coming out as gay in America, the same cannot be said in South Africa. However, it is very applaudable and exciting to see that the gay stigma is slowly shifting away.

In the words of our editor-in-chief and seasoned philanthropist, Bassito Panache;

“Sometimes what we hate in others is what we hate in ourselves. Homophobes are often those battling to accept their own homosexuality. Living a lie is not living at all.”

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52 Comments Add yours

  1. Mongezi says:

    are some of them single lol???
    how’d some of us would love to have gay soccer players as friends or more

  2. sphe says:

    Wow nice guyz naze nakhululeka sengath nganijoin

  3. kagambu says:

    Am happy for the coach, its in the realization that soccer its about skills shown by players not their sexuality. Does it matter that a person do romance before sex or go straight to the dance. If not, then why should it matter if that person thus the dance with a man or a female. I salute you maturity coach to realize that this is about the game, not sexual orientation.

  4. moses says:

    Now c gay ppl can also play soccer,we as gays are not going anywer,so deal with it ppl lolz

  5. motto says:

    I don’t see any problem with what the guys were doing,people must understand that this guys are human beings just like everyone in South Africa

    1. Thapelo says:

      100 Percent Motto

  6. siphosethu says:

    For me it does’nt matter whether they are homo or Gays what matters is what they do in the field. Gays are everywhere for heavensake so what’s new about this, is it because they hiding it? Its their life they dnt hve to tell us everything. Keep up the good work Team Pirates.

  7. Straat Maid says:

    So what if some players are gay? They still have more balls than a lot of men who are yipyapping about other people’s sexual orientation. If a person wants to sleep with the same gender, that’s their business. BIG UP TO THE COACHES!! Some things have to be closely guarded secrets.

  8. Thabo says:

    I dnt see any problm with people coming out of the closet,and more especially soccer players if you proud of what u are u should not let other people 2 controll ur life @ da end its ur life

  9. I no longer subcribe to socially conservative views cause often doing so means undermining myself as a homosexual – who does our society think it is casting the 1st stone? You can no longer throw stones living in a glass house! Until people make peace with who they are they can never be content with what they have ! Our Countries aspirations asphxiate me , I die each day praying for you!

  10. Sipho Thomo says:

    Those of u who think these guys r gays have u shared a bed with one of them? If no then how do u come and say they’re gays or u know them better? Shame on u just because u feel small without clothes on then u think every man feels the same? Go to the nearest tomato tree n do ur self a favour hang ur self!! U just jealous that they’re pirates players that’s all.

    1. Peter Chendero says:

      I’m sorry but I just can’t see the players I used too.. I used to look up to them.. #RealDisappointed

  11. thabo says:

    pls can i have one off them ,for ever wanted to date a soccer player yo…..bana

  12. Gilbert says:

    Wow!! I like the statement “what we hate on others is actually what’s in us” that’s so true that’s why I’m gay for life

  13. peter pan says:

    Seems thabo matlhaba,happy jele,tandu ,kermit erasmus are gay at orlando pirates & Teko modise,bongani,khama anthony laffor,@josta dlala, george lebese abia nale ,thabo qalinge are some of the gay players at the other clubs.it time to come out of the closet guys-we are in a free country?

  14. Lovely…..I wonder if this will ever happen happen in Kenya?

    1. Richard says:

      Rome was not built in 1 day… Its really sad that people cant be who they are fearing the people with powers that be!!! On that note lets hope 4 a shift in minds of people who act God through out the world!

  15. Richard says:

    We are Champions and thats as naked as the truth itself!!!!

  16. Richard says:

    We are Champs and that’s as naked as the truth itself!!!!

  17. Sphiwe says:

    Glad that they came out of closet,yes it is not accepted to take photo naked with NEDbank cup.Ey labajita badlala ibhola elinenkos phakath kant ba gay Yooh.I think we have lot of guys who are gays but are afraid to come out

  18. WestRander says:

    if u ar a soccer player,musculine,bottom or vers and strait acting add me on my fake facebook account Sasha Lee

  19. WestRander says:

    if u are a bottom or vers soccer player @ any level and are straight acting invite me on my fake facebuk account im Sasha Lee,lets talk

  20. Allan Keys says:

    I really can’t see the fuss about them being gay…and anyways, for someone like me who has plays soccer, if anything done by those guys in the pictures is what is considered gay, then I’m sorry to say that most of us soccer players are gay…we embrace, we hug, we touch, holds hands and walk naked in change rooms…we share beds and have been doing so from young ages. Watch any team on telly and see how they celebrate…Mxim sis…Anyway, so what if they are gay???

  21. blackq says:

    any soccer player,curious or otherwise,bottom,vers,straight acting who wants some fun im top from Zim invite me on my fake account Sasha Lee.ciao

  22. andries says:

    i think a personal life of a person is non of our business, even if one of them is GAY is up to him….enjoy and be proud of what you are.

  23. mokgomong ntswaki says:

    I’m not happy about this pic

    1. Thibase says:

      Who cares. deal with it

  24. Delani says:

    We love Orlando Pirates that what I can say.

  25. Smangele says:

    Yooo klate yandichaz kwezi photo

  26. cee-jay says:

    I would also like to date a gay football player , because some of them are far from me as I am @MP and I made a rule that I won’t date someone around me I’d rather be single forever ! Am just avoiding few issues nothing much.

  27. lerato says:

    It doesn’t mean when u gay you less man

  28. kyleee says:

    wow, why do people act like that, even our famous guys on tv episodes are gay, so what.

  29. dats y dey sleep on the field

  30. Lubabalo says:

    Lol! Lol! Lol! Ai mnah baselwa leh nguMatlaba kwez picx ai ngekhe..

  31. Lubabalo says:

    Lol! Lol! Lol! Ai mnah ngekhe andiykholwa ke leh..

    1. a Xolani says:

      You beta blive dear….

  32. zama says:

    I think its just a post so people can take it personal and I don’t its fair cause even thou they are gay nothing to hide if u are a gay

  33. xo says:

    De z ntng wrng whn u r. A gay

  34. alvin shine says:

    I like this guys and they must be left alone to do what they love to do. I wished I was with them.

  35. Okay this picture can be offensive or kin doff like being odd to some of the fans, but to be truely speaking its non of your business mind yours and they will mind theirs even they are gay its gonna bother you guys until when because they are open that’s the sine of saying we don’t care let them live!

  36. onty latt says:

    Live your life.

  37. I’m a homophobe myself, and get disgusted by gays who flaunt their sexuality and just put it your face, NOT ALL GAYS. These guys are supposed to be role models for upcoming generations, I would prefer to only model what they do on pitch and in Social Investment initiatives or charity work. And their sexuality should be kept out of the public eye.

  38. Mosaiza says:

    gay or not we won the Nedbank. Up the bucs!!

  39. wheather U gay/not..in da field of play u do whts best 4ur club..wht u do off the field is none of anybodys business bt urs..Pirates is still one of Africas best.they have a star(*)in their hearts nd thy lost the 2nd star(*)to the best club ever in Africa

  40. whatever they do on their sparetime is their business.they are still the 2nd best club ever in Africa behind Ahl-Ahly..gay/not,i dont care..their display in da field is wht u shld focus on.

  41. a Xolani says:

    Gorgeous…! thats all i have gt t say

  42. Gaopalelwe says:

    I want a gay who can make me scream,holla me if you are interested

  43. Gaopalelwe says:

    I’m gay and I need someone who’ll entertain me

  44. siphiwe nhlapho says:

    It’ll be better if they could exposed themselves so that we can knw dat it is true

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