Imagine scoring against the team you love? That’s how Donald “Ace” Khuse remembers his first ever Soweto derby. Khuse who grew up supporting Kaizer Chiefs had been primed to join the Phefeni Glamour Boys but was snapped up by Orlando Pirates while he was waiting on their rivals to sign him.
Khuse signed with the Buccaneers on the eve of the Soweto derby in 1983. He says he had already promised Pule “Ace” Ntsoelengoe that he would sign with the Glamour Boys but the Phefeni side were distracted ahead of their Sales House Champion of Champions clash against the Sea Robbers in Durban.
“That week Chiefs said they would come on a Monday because they were preparing for a cup game against Pirates. But on the Friday Pirates came. I was trying to run away from them but the principal of the school who loved Pirates so much influenced me to sign for them. So Monday when Chiefs came I had to run away from them because I had already signed for Pirates,” explains Khuse.
Ace, who later joined Amakhosi where he remains as a coach in the club’s development structures, adds that all he could think about going into his first Soweto derby was silencing the critics.
“Because I loved Chiefs at the time, although I was playing for Pirates, I told myself that I had to prove some people wrong because they thought I won’t make it at Pirates because I was meant to play for Chiefs. I had so much to prove to people. I did my best and it happened that I manged to score on the day and I was a very happy man,” he says.