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‘What Dr Khoza Told Me After Bucs Move’

New Orlando Pirates signing Monnapule Saleng has revealed what club chairman Dr Irvin Khoza told him after he joined the Buccaneers.

Saleng is one of four players who were unveiled as new Pirates signings, the others being Goodman Mosele, Bandile Shandu and Kwanda Mngonyama.

The 23-year-old joined the Buccaneers after finishing the GladAfrica Championship as top goalscorer with 13 goals, with his fine performances also having earned him a call-up to Bafana Bafana’s squad for Cosafa Cup. 

He’s played in all four South Africa games at the tournament in Gqeberha, where iDiski Times senior writer Velile Mnyandu chatted to him.

Among many topics discussed, Saleng revealed what Pirates chairman Dr Khoza told him during their first meeting.

“I enjoyed the conversation, he said I should continue being myself but here in Johannesburg there are a lot of challenges and advised to not do things that will end up killing my career,” he told iDiski Times.

“And to not get involved with dodgy characters even if they have been in Johannesburg longer than I have, as they could potentially ruin my career. 

“He says the way I carry myself is good. 

Saleng and Dr Khoza also spoke about the winger potentially featuring in his first Soweto derby in the Carling Black Label Cup, on 1 August.

“He said I’m lucky there are no fans, he says he wants to see how strong my heart is when we play with fans in the stadium, or I would be intimidated or scared to play,” he added.

“Then  he said he will check me during the Black Label Cup, if I am selected.” 

Don’t forget, you can down this week’s edition of iDiski Times FOR FREE. It includes the complete  exclusive interview with Saleng, but also a SAFJA chat with Pitso Mosimane ahead of the CAF Champions League final and more exclusives with Arthur Zwane, Kaizer Chiefs target Austin Dube, Farouk Khan and Stanton Fredericks.