Mkhize happy to be a Glamour Boy
Mkhize happy to be a Glamour Boy

Posted in News on Sep 13, 2001.

'What a challenge' – that was Phumlani Mkhize's first reaction after completing a move from Orlando Pirates to Kaizer Chiefs on a two-year contract on Thursday.

"It has always been my dream and ambition to play for Chiefs, the club I have supported since childhood," said a delighted Mkhize. "To me it shows the confidence Chiefs has in me and I will do my best not to disappoint."

Mkhize also expressed gratitude at Pirates boss Irvin Khoza for making his dream come true. "It would have never been possible or easy without his (Khoza) blessing. I feel at home now and cannot wait to play for my new team," he said.

"It's going to be great to work with you," said Mkhize to his coach. "Finally my dream became a reality."

Playing for his new team will start with training and his new coach Muhsin Ertugral made sure he knew some of the basics rules of upholding great discipline in the Chiefs camp.

"I am also looking forward to working with you," said Ertugral. "I will see you at training tomorrow at 09:00," said Ertugral. "Training starts at 09:00 which means you have to be there a lot earlier."

"Supporters should not expect miracles but I will do my best and they must have faith in me," he said.

Amakhosi PRO Putco Mafani was overwhelmed by the arrival of Mkhize as he declared, "we now have a complete and fully balanced side."

"We have always maintained this 'surprise, surprise!' element with our new acquisitions this season," said Mafani. "And our supporters have loved it."

"We believe this surprise will woo back thousands of our fans to the stadium. Phumlani’s acquisition is a definite answer to our supporters’ questions. We thank them for their patience and understanding.

"Chiefs games will never be the same again. Supporters, we did this one for you. Once a Pirate, always a Chiefs," said Mafani.

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