Lesesi Kapinga explains why he had to support Orlando Pirates over Kaizer Chiefs


In-demand midfielder Lesedi Kapinga may have to choose between joining Orlando Pirates or Kaizer Chiefs in the future and his decision would not be straightforward... due to a very famous reason.

There is currently much interest in the 24-year-old from several Absa Premiership clubs, but the Black Leopards star insists he is focused on his current team's predicament at the bottom of the table.

Nevertheless, Kapinga has revealed to KickOff.com the reason he had to support Orlando Pirates growing up instead of Kaizer Chiefs.

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"[Laughs] I wouldn't say I grew up supporting which team you see, because in every home when you grow up you will find them supporting a particular team," Kapinga says.

"So obviously I didn't have any choice but to support my late cousin who was playing for Pirates, [Lesley] Manyathela. So you are all forced to support you see. You know that kind of situation.

"I wouldn't say my cousin is playing for Pirates and I must support Chiefs. It doesn't make sense. So I have to support my cousin in whatever he is doing."

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The talented winger flatly refused to be drawn into which team he would prefer to play for between the two Soweto giants if he were to move in the future, saying all his focus is currently on helping Lidoda Duvha.

"For now, when it comes to my performance it's okay but I would say it seems like it's not good enough to help the team if you can look at our position on the log," he says.

"So I'm focusing more on putting the team in a better position. I want to push more so that we can get out of the relegation zone."

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The former Tshakhuma Tsha Madzhivhandila player explains what changed in his game this season compared to last season.

"Last season it was my first season in the premier league, so I was maybe scared to do this you see," he explains.

"So I would say at some point you will find that I'm in a better position of scoring you see. I wouldn't take that chance, instead I would shift the responsibility.

"So now this season I think I'm brave enough to take shots at goal."

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