The Soweto derby is one of the most watched football matches around the globe and the FNB Stadium is the only stadium much suitable for the match between arch rivals Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs. The stadium is always full during the Soweto derby and those who cannot go to the stadium are glued in their TVs during the match. The match attracts a lot of fans from all provinces of South Africa and also fans from Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Mozambique and Namibia.
In recent times the match has not produced exciting football and mostly the two teams played draws. Fans are always attending to the Soweto derby because they know they are going to watch the best football in South Africa. The rivalry between the two sides goes back to the 70s when Kaizer Motaung, the Chairman of Chiefs, formed the team after coming back from the USA. Kaizer was a Pirates player before leaving for the USA to play in the MLS.
Since Chiefs was formed they have dominated the Soweto derby as they won a lot of matches compared to Pirates who won less matches than them. The two teams have played a lot of draws especially the 0 – 0 draws and fans were very disappointed with those draws as they come from far away to go to Johannesburg to watch the two teams play.
The current fixture which is on the 4th of March is going to be a very exciting one as one of the two teams is an underdog due to the fact that they have not won a single match in their previous nine matches they played. That is Orlando Pirates. Chiefs on the other hand have won their previous five matches in a row and drawn one against Ajax Cape Town on Saturday night at the Athlone Stadium.
The last time Pirates won a match was on the 22nd of November 2016 and since then they have lost a number of matches and drawn a few. They dropped a lot of points and are currently out of the race for the Absa Premiership title. Pirates are going into the Saturday Soweto derby as the underdogs and the last time the two sides met, Chiefs won the encounter during the Carling Black Label Cup.
The recent return of Siphiwe Tshabalala to the Kaizer Chiefs line-up is a nightmare for Pirates as the left footed midfielder is always a problem for Pirates when the two teams meet. Tshabalala’s from is currently back and has shown a lot of positive signs in a few matches he has already played this season. His presence will benefit Chiefs on Saturday afternoon.
On the other side, the Pirates striker Tendai Ndoro has not scored in the last seven matches for Pirates and since he topped the league with 12 goals last year he is still to find the magic touch in 2017. The Zimbabwean striker has struggled under Palacios and it remains to be seen whether he would be able to score goals under the new coach Kjell Jonevret. Lebogang Manyama is now one goal shot to equal Tendai’s goals in the PSL.
Both Chiefs and Pirates fans are hoping for a much better Soweto derby with goals on Saturday the 4th March and are looking forward to watch the game at FNB Stadium.