John Tlale on how he missed on a move to Kaizer Chiefs


Tlale had impressed while at Qwaqwa Stars during which he even broke into the national team earning a place in the 1996 AFCON squad.

Straight after that famous 1996 AFCON success, Chiefs boss Kaizer Motaung made contact.

"Bra Kaizer (Motaung) approached me himself and for me, it confirmed that I was really wanted," says Tlale in the latest edition of KICK OFF Magazine.

"Unfortunately, there had been unresolved issues between Bra Mike Mokoena (Qwaqwa Stars) and Chiefs when Steve (Komphela) made the same move a few years earlier.

"Stars were meant to have gotten a percentage if Steve moved overseas which he did when he went to Turkey, but it appears there were issues because Bra Mike wasn’t keen on me moving to Chiefs.

"Bra Mike vehemently told me he is not keen on fights with Chiefs so he would rather not deal with them even though I had already agreed on personal terms with them. Botende Eshele had left for overseas at the time, so they needed another keeper to compete with Brian (Baloyi).

"So, after the Nations Cup, I stayed about seven months without playing because of the impasse. I was meant to have joined Chiefs with David Nyathi because we were together when I was also talking to Chiefs.

"In the end, my move to Chiefs flopped just like that. It was a difficult period for me because I was training alone and never got to play competitively for so many months with the only thing I did, being road work every day," says Tlale who eventually joined Sundowns before moving to Pirates.

Now 55, Tlale also talks about how he left football and what he is now doing for a living back home in Virginia, Free State.