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It was previously a crime to cross the floor from one Soweto team to another – nowadays, however, the rivalry between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs only exists on the field for 90 minutes.
Even the supporters travel together to Soweto derbies and sit side by side – hence the saying once a Pirate, always a Chief.
It started with Kaizer Chiefs founder Kaizer Motaung himself, who established Chiefs on his return from the US in 1970.
He had played for Pirates before moving to the Atlanta Chiefs.
Now there seems to be a free-trade agreement between the teams – as their rivalry is no longer as fierce as it used to be.
Player movements between these rival clubs are no longer contentious.
Bongani Ndulula is the latest name in the mix – albeit via AmaZulu where he spent the past two seasons.
The 25-year-old, who was unveiled as a Chiefs player last week, joins a growing list of players who have featured in both Soweto teams.
Last year, Lehlohonolo Majoro made a direct move from Chiefs to Pirates, becoming only the third player to do so in the PSL era, after Jimmy Tau and the late Sizwe Motaung.
Back in the day, the thought of losing players to a rival team was just not acceptable to supporters.
Nowadays, some players make just a short trip across town to their new team while others prefer to take a long and winding route, via other clubs, before reaching their actual destination.
It is now acceptable for a player to move from Pirates directly to Chiefs and vice versa and there is no resultant friction or concern from supporters.
Is it because supporters have learnt to embrace each other or are they becoming more tolerant? They no longer attack these players and seem to have accepted the fact that they have moved on.
There are numerous reasons for a player to seek a transfer – better wages, more playing time, the desire to win trophies or dressing-room altercations.
Tau holds the distinct achievement of having captained the two sides.
He was equally at home at the two clubs and both sets of supporters embraced him.
He is still revered by supporters of both clubs.
Interestingly, most of players who have crossed the floor made their names at Chiefs and are commonly called former Amakhosi players, rather than Pirates players.
The likes of Collins Mbesuma, Siyabonga Nomvethe, Jabu Pule, Thabang Lebese and Pollen Ndlanya have built their careers at Chiefs.
Other players who have featured for both sides include Marcus Mphafudi, Phumlani Mkhize, Steve Mnguni and Thembinkosi Biyela.
Jabu Pule (Chiefs 199904; Pirates 2006- 07) via SV Mattersburg in Austria and SuperSport United
Bongani Ndulula (Pirates 2010-13; Chiefs 2015) via AmaZulu