Donald 'Ace' Khuse details how Orlando Pirates once poached him from Kaizer Chiefs


Soweto Derby build-up often includes former players recalling some of their experiences from yesteryear both on and off the pitch, while some make interesting revelations.

And Khuse is no different as he addressed the media at Naturena on Tuesday, when he revealed some of the ‘muti’ practices he engaged during his time with Pirates and Chiefs.

The current youth development mentor at The Glamour Boys also recalled how his initial move to Bucs came about some 36 years back, despite then being on the verge of becoming a ‘Khosi.

“That week, Chiefs said they would come on the [following] Monday, because they were preparing for their cup game against Pirates,” explained Khuse.

“On the Friday I went to Odendaalsrus with the school [AB Phokompe Secondary School], and that night Pirates came.

“I tried to run away from them, but our school principal loved Pirates so much, so he influenced me to join Pirates – I ended up signing with them that night.

“On the Monday, when Chiefs came, I had to run away because I had already signed for Pirates. And that’s how it happened.”

‘Ace’ also revealed how much he was earning during his three-year stay at Pirates and then Mamelodi Sundowns, before getting quite the raise when he moved to his beloved Chiefs.

“I had so much to prove to people [after joining Pirates], because I loved the game so much. I didn’t even care how much I was earning, I think you wouldn’t believe how much I was earning,” he added, before being pressed to disclose the figures.

“When I came there, I was earning R150, and after one year they gave me R250, until I left Pirates. I then went to Sundowns and got [paid] R600.

“After Sundowns, I came to Kaizer Chiefs and I got R1500, and that was what I was earning then. But I didn’t care about money, what I was focussed on was making people happy and trying my best to perform in every game I played.

“We were dedicated and wanted to make sure we made the supporters happy whenever we were in the field of play.”

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