Lifeline for Qalinge at SuperSport?


SuperSport United CEO Stan Matthews has provided the latest on former Orlando Pirates winger Thabo Qalinge, who was recently training with Matsatsantsa.

The winger left the Buccaneers at the end of June and was given the opportunity to train with Matsatsantsa, however he got ill and stopped training with the side.

SuperSport coach Kaitano Tembo recently revealed to that Qalinge got piles and stopped training with the side, but club CEO Stan Matthews says he will speak to the technical team to find out if they want to see more of the player, before a final decision is made on whether to sign him or not.

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“He was training with us and unfortunately he fell a little ill, so he could not carry on. I’m off to Cape Town to be with the team in camp for their last pre-season friendly against Cape Town City, so I’ll sit down with the technical team and unpack what they saw of him while he played and whether they need to see more of him when he recovers because he was put to bed for a few days,” Matthews told

“We know him, he was with us before, so he’s not a player we are not aware of. We know his character, we like him, otherwise we would not have brought him back to have a look.”

After previously signing players who did not get a lot of game time, Matthews admits they would have to be careful before signing Qalinge.

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“He’s not had much football and we learnt with George [Lebese], [Mogakolodi] Ngele the year before and Sifiso Myeni the year before, that sometimes when the guys have not played for a while, we have to be a bit extra careful and check. So we are doing that with Thabo and we’ll see how that comes through. But he is a good man and he will fit in well in our culture, in our structures, depending on the feedback I get from the technical team.”