Derby Classics: Chiefs and Pirates gear up for Soweto Derby
With an avalanche of jaw-dropping fixtures on the cards as we wrap up the month of October, football fans are in for a treat. From the return of the EPL where Manchester United take on Chelsea, to the Milan derby in Italy, moving to the UEFA champions league clash pitting Juventus and Manchester United, what more can one ask for really? Our lovely African continent is not to be left as well as big games there are also on the cards. Well you better believe it, the famous Soweto derby is also in the mix, and you don’t wanna miss out on this one.
Kaizer Chiefs will be facing off against the mighty Buccaneers of Orlando Pirates in the Soweto derby at the iconic Soweto City Stadium and there’s surely a lot to play for than just three points. It’s a derby after all! Both these teams are in the running for the ABSA premiership title which is slowly heating up. However, what I like most about derbies and not just this one but in general, is that context doesn’t matter. Now what do I mean by that? Well, from the past, we’ve seen that the previous performance of a team whether excellent or disastrous, doesn’t really matter in a derby as the players just get motivated intrinsically in a bid to impress during games of such calibre. The soweto derby is no different. Two of Mzansi’s (South Africa) biggest teams with rich history are going head to head and one can only imagine how the outcome of the game will be at the end of the day.
However, in recent times, the hype about the derby has been declining for a number of reasons. One of them is the decrease in competitiveness of both Amakhosi and Ambabhakaniya with regards to challenging for both the league and domestic cups. Chiefs last tasted silverware in the 2014/2015 season during Stuart Baxter’s reign while Pirates last won a cup while Eric Tinkler was at the helm also during the 2014/2015 season where they won the Nedbank cup. For teams like Chiefs and Pirates, that is quite a long time not to win anything more so because of the high expectations the football fraternity has on these teams. That said, in recent times, these teams have been outclassed by teams like Mamelodi Sundowns and Supersport United in challenging for silverware.
Back to the derby, it's a big one.Tickets are sold out as always, the stadium will be colorful with gold and black colours of the phefeni glamour boys, to the historic black and white resemblance of Amabhakajuju, its on! Add to that, the iconic vuvuzelas which have been very much central to South African football in particular, will be in abundance, bringing life to the stadium. What else could one ask for really? With a set of new coaches on either side, as well as a lot of fresh players from both clubs, it is difficult to predict who might emerge victorious. The 26th of October is around the corner and we shall soon find out. The stage is set, expect tears, rifts, happiness, trolls and the works. It’s a derby after all! A massive ninety thousand plus fans will convene to watch it live. The soweto derby is not for the faint-hearted, emotions will be all over the place but the ultimate winner in all of this will be football. May the best team win. Where will you be watching the derby from? Who are you vouching for, Amakhosi or Bhakaniya?