Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates rejected me, reveals Delron Buckley

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Buckley, who helped Dortmund reach the 2007/08 German DFB-Pokal final, wanted to play for the two biggest teams in South Africa, Amakhosi and Bucs

Legendary Bafana Bafana midfielder Delron Buckley has revealed that he was rejected by PSL giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

Buckley returned home following a 13-year career in Europe in 2012 having played for German giants Borussia Dortmund and Swiss giants FC Basel amongst others.

After his contract with German Bundesliga Two side Karlsruher expired, a 34-year-old Buckley contacted Chiefs and Pirates, but both clubs said he was not good enough for them.

"When my contract finished at Karlsruhe in 2012 I contacted a few clubs like Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates‚ because I was interested to come back and play for them," Buckley told The Sowetan.

"But I was told that I was too old and I wasn't good enough," the retired winger whose career ended at 35 in 2014, continued.

Buckley ended up joining PSL side Maritzburg United, who were under the guidance of German tactician Ernst Middendorp.

"But then I got a phone call from Ernst Middendorp‚ because he knew I was a free agent‚ and he asked me if I was willing to go and play for Maritzburg United," he continued.

"And I said‚ 'Ja‚ of course. Definitely. I want to come home. I want to finish off my career at home'.

"Which I did‚ and I came back and played two years," Buckley concluded.

Buckley has been working for National First Division (NFD) outfit AmaZulu as the assistant coach in his home city, Durban.

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