During Tuesday’s DStv Premiership encounter against Baroka FC, Mako, 28, was involved in a horrific collision with teammate Richard Ofori.
Mako passed out and was swiftly attended to by the team’s medics before an ambulance was called to the pitch to provide immediate medical assistance while his teammates – and the entire Baroka FC team – crowded together. As they protected him from the cameras, many appeared to be in tears.
Mako was verified to have sustained a facial and nose fracture, but was in stable condition in high care, where he has already begun seeing 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
“He’s not part of the squad that’s there for safety reasons but we’re just grateful that his life was saved.”
Meanwhile, Fadlu Davids remarked shortly after the game that the ambulance on call at Peter Mokoba Stadium left a lot to be desired in terms of reaction.
“The less said about that the better,” a clearly upset Davids told journalists, as quoted by IDISKITIMES
“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.”
After the match was halted due to floodlight failure, the game was originally extended for 11 minutes, but Davids remarked the players were clearly not in the appropriate frame of mind to continue.
Orlando Pirates remained in fourth place with 39 points from 25 games, while Baroka FC remained in last place with 18 points from the same number of 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.