Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates Gain Soweto Derby Momentum With Wins

Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates Gain Soweto Derby Momentum With Wins

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
  • The Soweto Derby is set to kick off at 3.30 pm on Saturday and both teams warmed up with a win
  • Kaizer Chiefs were among the goals in midweek but will face a tighter defence at FNB Stadium
  • Chiefs have won the last four league encounters while Orlando Pirates have the cup supremacy

The biggest day of the South African footballing calendar is almost here.

The Soweto Derby is more than a football match, it is a cultural phenomenon that is woven into the fabric of the public's imagination.

Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates go into the match on the back of wins, each by one goal, but with each scoreline demonstrating the teams' current moods.

Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Soweto Derby, Dstv Premiership.
The Soweto Derby combatants warmed up for the big clash with respective one-goal wins to set up an enticing fixture. Photo: @tumelo_babalwa and @KaizerChiefs.
Source: Twitter

Chiefs brushed aside Cape Town Spurs with a 3-2 final score that flattered the Urban Warriors. Amakhosi bombarded Spurs, creating 20 chances, while Spurs were left living on the counterattack.

Pirates made difficult work of the visit of Sekhukhune United but a resilient defence and Thabiso Monyane taking the chance when it came was all that was needed for the three points.

Chiefs have a fresh outlook and Cavin Johnson will be keen to place this particular feather in his cap, but he may not have analysed all of Chiefs' problems just yet.

A highlight for Chiefs was Ranga Chivaviro, who held the ball up well and linked up efficiently with his wide players, but the midfield has a few holes that were exploited by Spurs.

Pirates have been solid at the back and will aim first and foremost to keep a clean sheet, as they have done in their last two games.

Patrick Maswanganyi and Karim Kimvuidi provide plenty of creative threat, even if the latter has been a little goal-shy. With Thembinkosi Lorch, Evidence Makgopa, and Zakele Lepasa, goals are not far away.

The Buccaneers have trusty cannons and just one decent gap might be enough to sink the Amakhosi ship.

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Soweto Derby vs. 'African Derby'

Sports Brief recently reported on the fixture debate between fans of the Soweto clubs and Mamelodi Sundowns.

The Soweto Derby was scheduled for the same Saturday as Sundowns' African Football League final.

The continental competition yielded and Sundowns will host Wydad Casablanca on Sunday, November 12.

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Jarryd Westerdale
Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.
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