Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
1 minute read
26 Jan 2016
3:43 pm

Qalinge remains hopeful of game time

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Orlando Pirates winger Thabo Qalinge has had his fair share of sitting on the side-lines for quite a while at the team, but recently, he is getting some game time.

Thabo Qalinge with Orlando Pirates teammate Thandani Ntshumayelo. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

The winger admits that he always knew that it was going be difficult to break into the Pirates starting XI, which is full of quality players. But, he doesn’t regret the day he signed for the Buccaneers.

“It never crossed my mind that I might have made a wrong move,” said Qalinge.

“I knew from the start that I will have to fight for my position.”

“The management, players and coaches at the team played a big role, because they had hope in me.”

Qalinge made his first start of the season at the club in the team’s 1-0 defeat to Jomo Cosmos last weekend, playing the full 90 minutes. And he will be hoping to be in the squad again this coming weekend, when they face Orlando Pirates at FNB stadium.

The 25-year old signed for Pirates from Mpumalanga Black Aces back in 2014, but he is yet to make an impact at the club as it was expected.