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Qalinge Opens Up On Truter Demotion At AmaZulu

AmaZulu winger Thabo Qalinge says he has no ill-feeling towards Brandon Truter who banished him to train with the reserve side of the club.

Qalinge was deemed surplus to requirements by Truter before the season started, with an instruction that he should train with the junior side until further notice.

The former Orlando Pirates winger and Hendrick Ekstein were called back during the FIFA World Cup break by Romain Folz to train with the team after he replaced Truter in October.

Both players in the past two matches have been buzzing, with Ekstein starting in the 2-0 loss to Royal AM in the previous game and Qalinge coming off later in the second half.

In the 4-0 hammering of Kaizer Chiefs at the Moses Mabhida Stadium last weekend, Qalinge was given a start, looking buzzing too to affect the game and test Itumeleng Khune with two brilliant strikes early on.

“I’m a good friend with the previous coach, we talk football, we talk about things,” Qalinge replied to iDiski Times when asked about how he got on with Truter.

“When it comes to things like that, I really don’t know [why I was banished] and how I can respond to that. But he and I are good friends.

“No, no, no [there is no hate]. There was a point where he almost signed me at Swallows when I was at SuperSport United but it was just that we couldn’t reach the terms.”

Startling, Qalinge said to be banished by the club from his knowledge it was not Truter’s decision, but his representatives were the one handling the matter.

“We never spoke about anything like that. My attorney and my manager have been handling things when it comes to office stuff,” said Qalinge.

“But me engaging with the coach with regards to the things like that [of being banished], it was kept professional. But we spoke, we are fine, he knows, I know too because we talk football.”

Qalinge, who impressed in that Chiefs game, will see his contract expire at the end of the season, but he has not put his focus on that issue as yet.

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“Apart from the contract, it is always important to push yourself and pushing yourself should be something that is standard,’’ Qalinge said.

“It shouldn’t be about a contract. So for me, I always try and push myself all the time regardless of the circumstances.

“So I’ll try and obviously push for better results for the team because the team was lying number 12 and at least now we climbed up [sixth now]. It starts there and puts the team where it wants to be and the rest will follow.”     

Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala is iDiski Times' KwaZulu-Natal-based web journalist. Boasting extensive experience in the South African football landscape, Robin-Duke has previously worked for Kick-Off Magazine, Soccer Laduma, and Daily Sun and Sunday Sun. He specialises in breaking news and transfers around South Africa’s big clubs in KZN.