Siyabonga Sangweni Pirates

Siyabonga “Nsimbi” Sangweni during his Pirates playing days. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePi

How Bucs legend never played for Chiefs despite signing for them

He wanted to play for Chiefs but this Bucs legend ended up at Mayfair despite signing a contract with the club’s arch-rivals in 2010.

Siyabonga Sangweni Pirates

Siyabonga “Nsimbi” Sangweni during his Pirates playing days. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePi

Orlando Pirates legend Siyabonga Sangweni has revealed how he signed for Kaizer Chiefs from Golden Arrows in 2010 but never got to play for them.

Speaking to FarPost, Sangweni said it was his father’s dream to see him play for Chiefs, and he later told Mato Madlala that he wanted to go to Naturena.

And Madlala, who is Golden Arrows’ chairlady, promised him the deal but there was a twist when it finally happened in 2010.

Sangweni said Madlala told him to forget about Chiefs after he had signed with them as he was joining Pirates.

Soon that discussion, Sangweni received a call from Dr Irvin Khoza who confirmed his move to Pirates and the club arranged for him to sign his contract in Johannesburg.


“My father wanted me to play for Chiefs, but my mother was close to Mato [Madlala],” said Sangweni.

“Before mom passed away, she said everything you will do, here is your mom [pointing at Mato Madlala] who will tell you what to do in football. I told Mato I wanted to go to Chiefs and she said, ‘Okay you will go’.”

“I signed with Chiefs in 2010 and told Mato: ‘I’ve signed with Chiefs and have to start on Tuesday’. 

“Sis Mato then told me they want you at Pirates. I was confused how because I was done with Chiefs. She said forget about that, I’m your parent and everything will go well,” he recalled.

“After that, chairman [Irvin Khoza] phoned me and said, ‘Look, we have spoken with your mom. You belong at Pirates now’ and I eventually agreed. They booked me a flight for a meeting to discuss contracts in Johannesburg.

“And that was the end of the story, I ended up Indoda Emnyama, Once and Always,” concluded Sangweni.


Sangweni wasn’t ready to retire when he did in 2016 but he was forced to due to a series of injuries while at Pirates.

Sangweni was 34 at the time of his retirement from professional football in 2016.

He had won all the available domestic trophies on offer while he retired having featured 29 times and scoring four goals for Bafana Bafana.

Now, the question is: How did Chiefs let Sangweni slip through their fingers for the second time in his footballing career?

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