Linda Mntambo: People always say that Chippa United is the Orlando Pirates Development Team

The former Roses United player thanked the Chilli Boys for giving him the platform to play so that he can be seen by a big team like Bucs

New Orlando Pirates midfielder Linda Mntambo says he is now living his dream after joining the Soweto giants from Chippa United

The attacking midfielder secured a move to the Buccaneers after impressing at Chilli Boys, who only signed him from National First Division (NFD) last January.

Mntambo, who is a Pirates supporter, hit the back of the net five times in 14 games in all competitions for the Chilli Boys.

The 29-year-old was part of Pirates’ nine new signings, who underwent induction at the club’s home ground Orlando Stadium this week.   

“I had a good time with the orientation because I have always wanted to be a Buccaneer. I live across the road from the stadium so I have always supported the team,” Mntambo told the club’s official website. 

“I never missed a game at Orlando while I was growing up and I always dreamt of seeing myself playing here. The last time I played here was terrible though; we lost 5-0 to Pirates while I was still at Jomo Cosmos,” he revealed. 

“I remember being very sad as I walked home after the game but also felt a little bit of joy for playing on the pitch despite the result. Now that I’m officially a Buccaneer, I’m over the moon and can’t wait for the season to start,” he added. 

Mntambo also paid tribute to Chippa club Chairman, Siviwe Mpengesi, and how he affords his players an opportunity to grow in their careers.

“It’s a great opportunity being here and re-uniting with my former team-mates Phetso and Diamond. People always say that Chippa United is the Pirates Development Team,” he said.

“But what they don’t realise is that the team gives us the platform to play so that we are seen by big teams like Pirates,” he continued.

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“And when they come knocking, the Chairman Mr Mpengesi is always willing to let us go. He’s not selfish with the talent and he gives us the opportunity to go and fulfil our dreams,” Mntambo added. 

“It’s every boy’s dream to play for one of the big teams, especially Orlando Pirates, and for me being a very near local makes me very excited to be here,” he concluded.