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Chaine’s difficult road to Pirates

The biggest name in South African football right now is Sipho Chaine from Orlando Pirates. What’s his story?

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Following Saturday night’s event at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium, the Buccaneers lifted the 2023 MTN8 title after a 3-1 win on penalties over Sundowns.

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The man of the night – Sipho Chaine – delivered heroics during the game and even better during the spot-kicks after the game ended goalless inside 90 minutes.

The Bloemfontein-born star made two key saves during the game before saving three penalties from experienced players such as Bongani Zungu, Junior Mendieta and Tebogo Mokoena.

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As it always goes with in football and life, people begin to show interest in the story behind the new success and legend.

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Chaine, now aged 26, hails from Bloemfontein. It is the same town where he cut his teeth as a young goalkeeper with the famous green and white of Celtic.

Chaine later moved with the club to Durban to form Royal AM. After making just one appearance as a second choice at “Thwihli Thwahla” in 2021/21 before he found a new home in the Eastern Cape at Chippa United.

As a second-choice keeper at the Chilly Boyz, Chaine earned two appearances in the first half of the 2022/23… but it was enough to catch Pirates’ eye.

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With Pirates facing a goalkeeping injury crisis in September 2022, Chaine got the call from Soweto to pack his bags.

The rest, as they say, was history.

You can find more articles from Siseko Gwegwe here.

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