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With not so many players moving from Pirates to Chiefs and vice-versa, Qalinge's dream of playing for AmaKhosi may be over, Goal investigates

By Ernest Makhaya

Goal has learnt that midfielder Thabo Qalinge is not too happy about joining Orlando Pirates as he wanted a move to Kaizer Chiefs instead.

The Soweto-born player's move to the Buccaneers was confirmed earlier this week despite huge interest from his childhood club, Chiefs.

A source close to Qalinge told Goal that the 22-year-old speedy attacker is rather disappointed that his dream of playing for Chiefs has been shattered.

"Section always wanted to play for Chiefs and he wanted to join them now. Unfortunately, he was told he's moving to Pirates and that didn't sit well with him," the source told Goal.

According to our source, Qalinge was advised to sign for Pirates to better his chances of playing regular football, as Chiefs often don't believe in young talent.

"He was excited when he heard that Chiefs want him, but he was apparently advised not to go there, because they don't believe in using young players.

"It is believed that he has better chances of playing at Pirates than at Chiefs, but Section doesn't think so," added the source.

Jimmy Tau is the last player to have signed for Chiefs directly from Pirates in the last nine years, while Lehlohonolo Majoro switched from the Naturena-based outfit to Bucs earlier this year.

Nonetheless, Pirates will expect Qalinge to show commitment and perform every time he's given a chance to don the famous black and white shirt.

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