EXCLUSIVE: Soweto Derby fever divides SA fans
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – ALL roads lead to the much hyped Soweto Derby between South Africa’s biggest football clubs – Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium on Saturday.
Tension usually characterizes the period leading to, during and after the match.
Of late, Chiefs, commonly known as Amakhosi, have been enjoying the upper hand against their arch-rival Orlando Pirates, who are also known as the Buccaneers.
CAJ News Africa took to the streets to find out what supporters of the two sides predict ahead of the crunch tie at FNB Stadium in Nasrec, Soweto.
Sphelele Mangena, a staunch Pirates supporter in Orange Grove, said the Buccaneers were of late a punching bag for Chiefs but argued that all the humiliation and embarrassment will end on Saturday.
“We have been a laughing stock of the Soweto derbies in recent encounters, and tomorrow (Saturday), all those old memories will come to an end.
“Pirates will beat Chiefs hands down! The good thing for us is that we have been scoring goals, so we will demolish Chiefs at their own backyard,” Mangena said.
Echoing same sentiments, Miyetani Chauke of Diepsloot, predicted a 1-0 victory for Pirates.
“Saturday’s derby encounter will be a close contest, but Orlando Pirates will emerge winners.
“I purchased my ticket a week ago to ensure that I attend this match. I believe this tie is the match of the season,” Chauke said.
However, Dumisani Mulaudzi of Alexandra, a staunch Chiefs fan, said his side would break many hearts with a 2-1 victory.
“History will repeat itself. Yes, they might come with the sole intention to embarrass Amakhosi, but the end result is that Khosi will come out of FNB unscatched,” said Mulaudzi.
Njabulo Mkhize of Zola in Soweto, said Chiefs would continue their dominance over Pirates.
“We (Khosi) supporters are accustomed to victories over Pirates, and I strongly believe Saturday is another day for all the gold and black fans to celebrate nationwide.
“My only worry is the absence of Kingstone Nkhata, otherwise this man was hard working. His work rate will greatly missed. I pray that the coach, Stuart Baxter comes with a better replacement, otherwise all Chiefs strikers have a habit of not chasing back whenever they lose the ball,” Mkhize said.
Horisani Baloyi said a draw would be a fair result.
“I can’t see a clear winner on Saturday. The tussle for power will be in the midfield, where the battle will be wagged. The end result is a draw, a 2-2 draw for that matter,” said Baloyi.
The three points will extend Chiefs’ lead at the top of the table while maximum points for Pirated will ensure a respectable finish.
That plus a full house expected at the FNB Stadium points to a thriller.
– CAJ News
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