I was earning R1500 when I was at Chiefs, says ex-star

Former Kaizer Chiefs star Donald 'Ace' Khuse says he earned a maximum of R1500 when he played for the club from 1989 until 1993.

The ex-player was speaking ahead of Saturday's much anticipated Soweto derby between Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

The 55-year-old has also served as interim coach for the Glamour Boys in the past, as well as an assistant.

Explaining how he first signed for Pirates instead of the Glamour Boys in 1983, he said: "That week, Chiefs said they would come on the [following] Monday, because they were preparing for their cup game against Pirates.

"On the Friday I went to Odendaalsrus with the school [AB Phokompe Secondary School], and that night Pirates came.

"I tried to run away from them, but our school principal loved Pirates so much, so he influenced me to join Pirates, I ended up signing with them that night.

"On the Monday, when Chiefs came, I had to run away because I had already signed for Pirates. And that's how it happened.

"I had so much to prove to people [after joining Pirates], because I loved the game so much. I didn't even care how much I was earning, I think you wouldn't believe how much I was earning.

"When I came there (to Bucs), I was earning R150, and after one year they gave me R250, until I left Pirates. I then went to Sundowns and got [paid] R600.

"After Sundowns, I came to Kaizer Chiefs and I got R1500, and that was what I was earning then. But I didn't care about money, what I was focused on was making people happy and trying my best to perform in every game I played.

"We were dedicated and wanted to make sure we made the supporters happy whenever we were in the field of play."