MTN 8 Soweto Derby set to delight
JOHANNESBURG – EXCITEMENT, a full house and goals are anticipated in the latest Soweto Derby, which will bring the curtains down the lucrative MTN 8 on Saturday.
Bitter rivals Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates will contest the decider at the picturesque Moses Mabhida Stadium in the coastal city of Durban.
The match at the World Cup 2010 venue comes on the back of impressive run of form by the country’s two biggest sides.
It is a repeat of the 2011 edition that Chiefs lost to their cross-city rivals at the iconic First National Bank Stadium outside Johannesburg.
Chiefs will nonetheless be fancying their chances this time around following a perfect start to the 2014/15 season, which sees them occupy top spot in the Absa Premiership.
This is largely to the purple patch enjoyed by instrumental midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane and the resurgent Mandla Masango.
Midfield kingpins George Maluleke and Willard Katsande complement the duo, giving Stuart Baxter’s charges hopes of winning the trophy they last won in 2008.
However, the Amakhosi must be wary of their razor-sharp former striker, Lehlohonolo Majoro, who is in red hot form alongside the tricky Kermit Erasmus.
A midfield consisting of Issa Saar, the Senegalese maestro and Oupa Manyisa, is sure to turn the game in Pirates’ favour and annex the trophy they won in 2010, defended in 2011 but narrowly lost to Platinum Stars last season.
With the winners collecting a cool R8 million, and the runners-up getting ten times less, the two sides are expected to come out guns blazing.
The Soweto Derby featuring Chiefs and Pirates is arguably the most watched sporting event in the local calendar.
Such is the anticipation ahead of the MTN 8 final that tickets were sold within a couple of hours after going on sale.
The Premier Soccer League pointed out this might create a black market for tickets.
Head of Safety and Security, Phillip Masimong warned fans without tickets to stay away.
Those caught with fraudulent tickets will be arrested and face prosecution.
“We are working very closely with SAPS and other security clusters to ensure that only people with legitimate tickets will gain access to the stadium.
“The police will be on high alert and will arrest those caught with fake tickets. We therefore warn our people not to be scammed by opportunists.”
– CAJ News
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