The attacking midfielder was signed on Wednesday last week after spending weeks trying to impress Benni McCarthy at Usuthu.
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However, the Durban-based club opted not to reveal the length of Qalinge’s contract when the former Orlando Pirates player was unveiled as an AmaZulu player.
Zungu, though, has confirmed that Qalinge penned a two-year deal with Usuthu, reiterating that the 29-year-old is certainly in Benni McCarthy’s plans for the foreseeable future.
“All things equal, we will have Thabo Qalinge at AmaZulu for the next two seasons,” said Zungu in an interview with Robert Marawa on Radio 2000.
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Zungu, however, hinted that Qalinge is on a performance-based contract, saying the remaining matches will be critical in determining who stays at AmaZulu beyond the current campaign.
“The next couple of matches are critical in him cementing his place and making himself indispensible. I won’t go deeper than that,” concluded the AmaZulu boss.
Qalinge has already made his debut for AmaZulu, and Benni McCarthy couldn’t stop raving about the midfielder’s potential although he admitted the player needs time to settle at the club.
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Qalinge is an experienced campaigner who played for Mpumalanga Black Aces, Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United, and he will be expected to add more firepower in the Usuthu attack in the remaining matches of the season.