Chiefs bigger than Downs - Torrealba


Kaizer Chiefs represents the biggest club in South African football over Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns, according to former PSL star Jose Torrealba.

Torrealba earned a cult-hero status in South Africa during his two separate stints which spanned over six years with Sundowns and Chiefs respectively.

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As one of the first South Americans to feature in PSL football, the former Venzuala international provided the pathway to several to follow including the likes of Jorge Acuna, Ricardo Nascimento, Gaston Sirino, Jose Ali Meza and Mauricio Affonso.

Speaking in an interview with African Football HQ, 'El Buddha' admits the Amakhosi reigns supreme over their domestic rivals based on what he experienced during his time in Mzansi.

"There are three big clubs, [Mamelodi] Sundowns, [Orlando] Pirates and Chiefs," the 40-year-old explained. "They all have a history of winning, many fans and great organisations.

"I think Kaizer Chiefs putting these qualities together ends up being the biggest of the three in my opinion. What it represents as an organisation, at least what I saw during my stay there, the story of a winning team. No offence to the Sundowns supporters, it’s great fans, but Chiefs the team with more fans in South Africa."

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The striker who netted 34 goals in 95 starts with Masandawana and Chiefs did, however, praise the Tshwane giants for achieving a task that was set as a dream when Patrice Motsepe first took over.

"They [Sundowns] have a large organisation, board and an owner who wants to take it to a higher level," he said.

"It was very pleasing for me when I heard they had won the Champions League; seeing them participate in the [FIFA] World Club Championship filled me with pride and emotion."

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