Why Zungu snubbed Chiefs for Pirates


Orlando Pirates new signing Nkanyiso Zungu has opened up on his move to the Soweto giants and reveals how he snubbed rivals Kaizer Chiefs.

Zungu completed a surprise move from Stellenbosch FC to Pirates on transfer deadline day, after impressing with the Western Cape outfit during his 18-month stay.

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The 24-year-old hails from Durban, where he started out at AmaZulu’s youth structures, but always had Soweto allegiances during his upbringing.

He has since detailed his ‘childhood dream’ move to The Buccaneers and, though his family were all Chiefs supporters, he snubbed Amakhosi as soon as he was old enough to understand Bucs’ style of play.

“Initially I was shocked [when Pirates came knocking]. Firstly, because it came so unexpectedly as the window was about to close and, secondly, the magnitude of the club that was interested in my services,” said Zungu in his first interview on Pirates’ website.

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“Playing for Pirates has been a childhood dream of mine, so you can imagine what went through my mind when the call came through. But having said that, joining is only the start, I need to work hard to build on this and make this opportunity count.

“The interesting thing is that I come from a family of staunch Kaizer Chiefs supporters, but as soon as I was old enough to make my own decisions, I went against the grain and chose the Black and White of Pirates. I think I was mainly attracted to their style of play.”

Zungu has yet to make his debut, with coach Josef Zinnbauer having earlier confirmed an injury sustained for the attack-minded midfielder upon his arrival.

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