Jabu for Chiefs?


Earlier this week word on the street was that Moroka Swallows were poised to sign him on his return from Sweden, where his club Oesters just missed out on promotion to the second tier.

But Swallows management moved quickly to douse those rumours. Now it is to Naturena that all eyes are turning.

Mahlangu made his name at Chiefs, as Jabu Pule, before following Muhsin Ertugral to Austria where they teamed up at SV Mattersburg in 2004.

After a promising beginning, it all turned sour, and after Ertugral lost his job as head coach, Pule went off the rails.

He has since made a series of failed attempts to reboot his career, but the theory on the street is that Chiefs mght be tempted to reunite him with Ertugral, if only to keep him away from opposing teams.


11 July 1980: Born in Benoni.

31 July 1999: Makes his professional debut for Kaizer Chiefs and scores his first top flight football goal in the same match as Chiefs beat Amazulu 4-1.

9 April 2000: Makes his international debut in the World Cup qualifiers against Lesotho in Maseru as a substitute and scored first international goal on the same game. Pule won his first call-up to the national squad just more than six months after first appearing for Kaizer Chiefs.

May 2000: Help Kaizer Chiefs win the Bob Save Super Bowl beating Sundowns 1-0 in the final.

September 2000: Member of the South African Under-23 squad that played at the Sydney Olympics and went to win 16 caps at Under-23 level.

2001/02 Season: Pule is the star of the season as Chiefs win the BP Top Eight Cup, Coca-Cola Cup and the African Cup Winners’ Cup.

May 2002: Selected to represent South Africa in the 2002 World Cup finals in Korea/Japan.

8 June 2002: Makes his World Cup finals debut coming as a substitute for Quinton Fortune against Slovenia.

2004/05: Joins Austrian side SV Mattersburg and when to play 25 matches.

2005/06: Joins Supersport United after returning from Austria. In the same season Mahlangu moves to Orlando Pirates where he 12 matches before moving to Sweden.