Iqraam Rayners explains breaking the Orlando Pirates bones celebration in Stellenbosch win


Stellenbosch FC top striker Iqraam Rayners has revealed why he celebrated like he did when he scored against Orlando Pirates last Saturday.

After scoring the only goal of the match at Cape Town Stadium in the Absa Premiership encounter, Rayners did the Buccaneers' skull and crossbones sign by crossing his arms before throwing them in the air to show that the bones were now broken.

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In the SuperSport TV post-match interview the striker told the presenter that he did that to get back at the Pirates supporters.

"When we came onto the field the Pirates fans were on us. They kept talking and they were saying stuff and they were on us before the game started, so when I scored I wanted to show them we did it and we didn't lose so I'm happy," he said after the match.

Now speaking to, the goal-poacher says he meant no disrespect with his celebration.

"I never disrespected the Pirates supporters," he says.

"I was just happy to score against a big team like Pirates and I'm happy we got the three points, that is all that matters."

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Last season Rayners finished as the National First Division's golden boot winner as his 19 goals helped Stellies gain automatic promotion to the top-flight.

Despite his slow start in the top tier, he is starting to find the back of the net more regularly again.

"Yes I'm finding my feet in the PSL now," he says. "It's not an easy league but I'm getting there and I just want to say thanks to all the Stellenbosch supporters who came out in numbers to support the boys over the weekend. We really appreciate it a lot."

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"If you work hard things will happen for you, and it depends how you adapt in the league also," he concludes.