‘I signed for Pirates on the same day I was supposed to join Chiefs’

Kaizer Chiefs were moments away from securing their man before he was driven away from the FNB Stadium straight to Orlando Pirates offices!

‘I signed for Pirates on the same day I was supposed to join Chiefs’

Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates used to be the most desirable destinations for players in the country. 

While nowadays playing abroad is the objective, back in the days playing for Chiefs or Pirates was regarded the pinnacle. 

The desire to join either Chiefs or Pirates is often fuelled by certain factors. In those days money was not the objective, motivation nor even present in South African football. What the players had was the love for the game and their clubs. What attracted one to a Chiefs or Pirates was the desire for trophies or even popularity. Alternatively, in a case where both wanted you, you’d pick the club you or your family members support. 

But nowadays, you see players making the choice with a more professional mindset, rather than their hearts. A player who grew up supporting Chiefs could end up joining Pirates instead, because of a better offer, and vice versa. In fact, some of the greatest legends from either side of the Soweto divide grew up supporting their rivals. It is also common to see players who came up from the two club’s academies cross the floor at senior level.

Players cross between Soweto giants

The biggest current example being Yusuf Maart, who sometimes wears the Chiefs captains armband. He is a product of the Pirates academy, and captain their DStv Diski Challenge side. A player developed by Amakhosi and ended up at the Buccaneers is ex-midfielder Mpho Makola

Makola joined Pirates from Free State Stars, with the skilful maestro quickly becoming a fan favourite. He would quickly cement his place in the Sea Robbers starting line up. But in a recent podcast with ex-Chiefs star, Josta Dladla, he explains he was actually supposed to be his teammate at the Glamour Boys instead!

How Pirates stole Makola away from Chiefs!

In a shocking turn of events, Makola explains that he was waiting for Bobby Motaung at FNB Stadium. The Chiefs manager was supposed to wrap up a deal for him, however, he fell ill. in stepped Pirates official Screamer Tshabalala, who swooped in the same day to secure the player’s signature on the same day. 

Watch below how Makola describes Pirates’ smash and grab from Chiefs. Wow!