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Amakhosi favourite says he will ‘die a Kaizer Chiefs fan’

Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates mix like oil and water. However, one Amakhosi favourite was a die-hard Buccaneers fan as a kid.

Kaizer Chiefs Orlando Pirates Soweto Derby

Chiefs and Pirates fans. Image: BackpagePix

Kaizer Chiefs youngster Mduduzi Shabalala used to support Orlando Pirates but now he says he’ll die an Amakhosi fan.

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Kaizer Chiefs teen star Mduduzi Shabalala revealed he grew up supporting Orlando Pirates but says now he will “die a Chiefs fan”.

The 19-year-old youth development talent is already a part of the furniture at the club. He is also a first-team regular again under Cavin Johnson after falling down the pecking order when Molefi Ntseki was in charge. ‘Mdu’ worshipped Bucs forward Thembinkosi Lorch growing up in an all-Pirates household. 

Shabalala recalls the first Soweto Derby he attended in “about 2019 or 2020 where Chiefs were leading 1-0 and Lorch equalised after a pass from Ben Motshwari”.

“I did support Orlando Pirates — everyone at home supported Pirates.

“But now, since I’ve joined Kaizer Chiefs I had to change and support Chiefs, and I will die as a Kaizer Chiefs fan.

“At home, I have influenced my mother and siblings to switch to Chiefs but my father has refused to change.”

He added, jokingly: “Even now he threatens to beat us, he loves Pirates very much.”

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Mduduzi Shabalala. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix


Mduduzi Shabalala has made nine league appearances this term with a single assist. He was an unused substitute in the weekend win at Swallows but will be eager to make the starting XI against Polokwane City on Saturday 9 December.

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