Soweto derby highlights local sporting weekend
by MTHULISI SIBANDA
Africa News Editor
JOHANNESBURG – SWORN rivals Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates as well as their multitude of fans are bracing up for what promises to be another thrilling edition of the Soweto Derby.
The two popular teams clash in the Carling Black Label Cup at the iconic FNB Stadium outside the historic Soweto on Saturday afternoon.
Like many other editions before this one, tickets for the tie slated for the 95 000-seater calabash-shaped stadium are sold out, signifying the importance of this tie in a sports-mad country.
Ahead of the match, players from both sides vowed to win the trophy for their set of fans and whet their appetite for the new season.
Pirates midfielder, Oupa Manyisa, said despite this being a pre-season affair, the players would give it their all.
“We have been preparing well for a couple of days now, so, we will be ready to fight. The fans did their part (by voting the starting XI) and now we have to be ready to play,” said “Ace, as the player is otherwise known.
The match comes on the back of his recognition as his side’s best player for the past season.
Chiefs’ own Player of the Season, Willard Katsande, will be up against Manyisa in what promises to be an exciting duel between the two hard working players.
“This is the time to repay the fans for voting us. We are going out there to defend our trophy,” he said ahead of the 15:30 kickoff.
The Soweto Derby is one of the most famed soccer rivalries in world football.
It is also said to be the most cordial with both sets of fans mingling without violent incidents at the stadium and other public viewing facilities.
Other matches between the sides have however ended in tragedy, the most recent being the 2001 Ellis Park disaster that claimed more than 40 million lives following a stampede.
– CAJ News
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