A newly signed Orlando Pirates midfielder has weighed in on unfounded talks labelling Chippa United as the development team of Orlando Pirates.
Following a series of deals and movements of players between Chippa and Pirates in recent seasons, many comments and opinions have been made in the football fraternity about the relationship between the two clubs.
With his move from Chippa to Pirates now finalised, following Bucs’ announcement of their new signings this week, Linda ‘Figo’ Mntambo took to his new club’s official website to voice his opinion on the relationship between the Soweto giants and his previous employers.
“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. 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. 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,” the midfielder told Bucs’ official website on joining the club.
The 29-year-old has paid tribute to his former boss Siviwe ‘Chippa’ Mpengesi for the move to Bucs.
“It’s a great opportunity being here and re-uniting with my former teammates Phetso and Diamond. People always say that Chippa United is the Pirates Development Team, 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. 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. 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,” said Mntambo on Bucs’ website.