Schalkwyk: I won the league for Pirates

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Ex-Orlando Pirates midfielder Gert Schalkwyk has issued a reminder to Buccaneers fans about how the 2010/11 Absa Premiership title ended up in their hands.

The 38-year-old says the popular belief that he failed to deliver at the club after moving from Kaizer Chiefs in 2009 is wrong.

While he could not reproduce the form that made him a household name with Amakhosi, he actually played a huge part in helping Pirates win the league during their trophy-laden 2010/11 season.

Check out pics and info from Schalkwyk's career above!

Schalkwyk was loaned to Maritzburg United by then-coach Ruud Krol, yet the treble the Dutchman won that season would not have been possible without a significant helping hand from the player he let go.

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"I didn't fail at Pirates because Pirates wanted me to go to Maritzburg to help them escape relegation," Schalkwyk tells KickOff.com.

"And who made Pirates win in 2011 the league? Because I was the one who was scoring goals for Maritzburg against Ajax [Cape Town] so that Ajax can't win the league. People mustn't forget that hey.

"It was the last game of the league, Pirates was playing against Arrows and us Maritzburg we were playing against Ajax. So if Ajax beat us, they win the league. So us we have to beat Ajax and Pirates beat Arrows so then they can win the league. Ja, so and I was the one that was scoring goals in that game."

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The Urban Warriors collapsed on the final matchday of the PSL season after playing to a 2-2 draw at home with Maritzburg, handing Schalkwyk's parent club Pirates the title on a superior goal-difference.

Schalkwyk scored one goal and also won Maritzburg a penalty when his shot was adjudged to have struck Nazeer Allie's hand. Diyo Sibisi made no mistake from the spot-kick.

Interestingly, Schalkwyk also scored in a 3-0 home victory over Ajax in the first round of that 2010/11 season, strengthening his claim as he actually helped take six points off Foppe De Haan's side.

While the role Schalkwyk played is not prominently recorded in the history books, we all remember what happened in that glorious Orlando Pirates vs Golden Arrows game

The former Bafana Bafana international explains why he couldn't break through at Pirates.

"The reason being at Pirates they also had good players, they had Teko [Modise], Benson [Mhlongo]," Schalkwyk recalls.

"So the competition was a bit tight man. But I never got like a fair chance to play you know. I don't know like why I didn't get a fair chance to play."

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