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Kapinga’s Next Move: Why Pirates and Chiefs could miss out on him

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Former Orlando Pirates captain Edelbert Dinha has explained why the Buccaneers and Kaizer Chiefs could miss out on the signature of Lesedi Kapinga.

Kapinga recently parted ways with Mamelodi Sundowns after three seasons at Chloorkop. Straight after the end of his stint with the Brazilians, he went to play COSAFA Cup in Durban.

Kaping was one of the standout players for Bafana Bafana at the just-ended COSAFA tournament. Bafana were booted out in the semi-final by eventual winners Zambia.

This has somewhat raised his stock, while there have been calls by fans of both Soweto giants to snap him up.

Dinha has explained why the two Soweto giants may struggle to land the signature of the talented midfielder.

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“Lesedi Kapinga is an exceptional footballer. Of course, he never played much at Sundowns because of the competition.

“But there’s no doubt Lesedi would walk into any team in the PSL. He has proven at the COSAFA Cup how much of a good footballer he is.

Lesedi Kapinga playing soccer

“The challenge any team wanting him would have is the salary. The salaries paid by Sundowns and the other teams are oceans apart.

“If any team wants to sign him, they’d probably have to pay close to what he earned at Sundowns.

“I’d imagine after COSAFA, especially if Bafana go all the way to the final, there will be a lot of interest in him,” Dinha told SN24.

According to reports, both Pirates and Chiefs have enquired about the availability of the former Black Leopards midfielder. 

However, the two giants’ offers have fallen short of the 28-year-old’s financial demands. Kapinga joined the Brazilians from Black Leopards at the start of the 2020/21 season. 

He scored seven goals at Leopards and provided eight assists in 51 outings. Kapinga played 39 games in all competitions in his three seasons at Sundowns. He scored four goals, adding seven assists to his tally.

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