Mako lost consciousness, and was quickly attended to by the team’s medics, before an ambulance was brought onto the pitch to offer urgent medical attention while his team-mates – and the Baroka FC team – huddled together. Many seemed close to tears as they shielded him from the cameras.
It’s since been confirmed that Mako suffered a fracture to the face and nose, but was in a stable condition in high care, where he has already started receiving visitors.
“God being good, Mako is conscious, he’s recovering and still in hospital for further tests but his health is improving, he’s okay and will be back in the team,” Ncikazi said ahead of their first leg quarter-final against Simba on Sunday, as quoted by iDiski Times.
“He’s not part of the squad that’s there for safety reasons but we’re just grateful that his life was saved.”
Meanwhile, immediately after the game, Fadlu Davids said the response from the ambulance on call at the Peter Mokoba Stadium left a lot to be desired.
“The less said about that the better,” a clearly upset Davids told journalists, as quoted by iDiski Times.
“Nobody in the ambulance, we have to find where the drivers are. I don’t know if they were watching the game.
“They have to be on call, they have to be ready. It’s an emergency. Credit to our medical team, 10 seconds they were on the field, seeing to Mako. But the reaction from the ambulance was not good enough, definitely not good enough for PSL standards.”
There were originally 11 minutes added on after the match was disrupted due to floodlight failure, but the game ultimately finished early as Davids said the players were understandably not in the right frame of mind to continue.
The draw left Orlando Pirates in fourth spot with 39 points from 25 matches, while Baroka FC remained bottom of the standings with 18 points, also from 25 games.
On Wednesday, Pirates also provided this statement:
Following the emergency injury involving defender Paseka Mako in the DStv Premiership clash against Baroka FC last night, Orlando Pirates Football Club can confirm that the 28 year old is in a stable condition.
The doctor has revealed that CT scan results have shown no signs of skull fracture or any brain haemorrhage however, the player has sustained fracture to the face and nose.
He will remain in High Care and will be assessed by the neurosurgeon again this morning.