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Qalinge Admits He Supported Chiefs

The Soweto Derby is coming up, and Orlando Pirates midfielder Thabo Qalinge has admitted that he used to support Kaizer Chiefs, but there is a catch! Can you guess what it is?

The tricky winger will be pushing for a spot in Muhsin Ertugral's starting XI on Saturday afternoon, and having been born and raised in Soweto, he is well aware of the derby's importance.

Speaking to Orlando Pirates' online magazine, Buccaneers, Qalinge recently spoke about what the derby signified in his house.

"I remember the Soweto Derby very well as a kid, because it has always been a big game in South Africa," he said.

"I grew up in Mofolo, Soweto, and the area is split between Pirates and Chiefs supporters. These teams dominate my home area, and the rivalry definitely divides Soweto in two.

"At home, my uncle supported Chiefs and everyone else is a Buccaneer, especially my mother. My uncle always said I must support Chiefs and so I did, but only so he wasn't alone on match day.

"I'm a Buccaneer though, through the work and my family, so being here at the club is just a homecoming for me (laughs)."

Can you think of other players who supported their rival teams when growing up?


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