Thabo Qalinge of Orlando Pirates is challenged by Albert Mothupa of Baroka FC during the Absa Premiership match between Baroka FC and Orlando Pirates on the 22 August 2017 at Peter Mokaba Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix
Saturday Nov 04, 2017. 11:00
Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane believes Orlando Pirates midfielder Thabo Qalinge is closing in on a national team call-up.
The 26-year-old has impressed for the Buccaneers this season and scored the winning goal as the club trumped Golden Arrows 1-0 to book their place in the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout Cup.
Teammate Thembinkosi Lorch and Qalinge caught the eye of Mosimane in the Brazilians 3-1 win over Pirates in midweek, and 'Jingles' is confident that the latter is nearing a Bafana Bafana cap.
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"I have never seen Qalinge and Lorch so revived, it's unbelievable," said Mosimane.
"They are showing, especially Qalinge, that he deserves a chance also for Bafana Bafana to come because we need the speed. But his time will come also.”