Watch pirates’ player Qalinge having fun on the field

Orlando Pirates winger Thabo Qalinge took showboating to a whole new level with a remarkable – and entirely unnecessary – series of skills in a South African Premier Soccer League match.

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The Pirates, who are set to finish second in South African league football’s top tier, were cruising to a 3-0 victory over Polokwane City. With the three points in the bag, Qalinge decided to have some fun with an intricate set of step-overs, despite no opposition player being anywhere near him. 

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In a clip that has gone viral on social media, Qalinge collects the ball on the left wing in the first of three minutes of added time. The 27-year-old proceeds to do six step-overs in quick succession – before completing a complete 360-degree pirouette over the top of the football.

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The entire routine brings Qalinge – and the rest of the players – to a complete standstill, seemingly unable to process quite what just happened. Eventually a Polokwane player comes in to close Qalinge, causing him to dribble away with the ball in a much more conventional manner.

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The skill – and the victory – proved to be entirely in vain as the Pirates’ main rivals for the league title, Mamelodi Sundowns, beat Free State Stars 1-0 to win the championship. Qalinge’s moment of showmanship thrilled fans on Twitter however, with some comparing it to the sort of skill usually only seen on video games like FIFA. 

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It is certainly the biggest moment of global fame in the career of Qalinge so far. The winger, capped once by South Africa, has played for the Pirates since 2014.