Soweto Derby Day is here.
As a united people who bands together whenever faced with controversy, tragedy or victory, there is one exception – the Orlando Pirates vs. Kaizer Chiefs local derby. Come Saturday 27 October 2018 – we stand to witness the 162nd derby between these two much-loved football teams in SA, Kaizer Chiefs, known to fans as Amakhosi and Orlando Pirates, as the Buccaneers. Fans alike will be expecting thrills, spills and a whole lot of goals!
This hotly contested game was sold out long before kick-off with fans vying for blood when Chiefs and Pirates get to lock horns again, this, the most explosive ABSA Premiership PSL derby game. Despite the Bucs winning the past three derby’s, Amakhosi still holds the title in terms of overall wins. Chiefs having won a total of 67 games with a total of 209 goals out of the 161, while Pirates have only managed to claim 38 and 169 goals under the belt (there’s also been a total of 51 draws and 5 abandoned matches).
The first derby between the two teams was played on 24 January 1970, when former Pirates player and Chiefs chairman, Kaizer Motaung, returned home from pursuing a professional soccer career abroad and found his former club in a state of fiction as the hierarchy failed to see eye to eye. As a result, Mr Motaung formed his own club known today as Kaizer Chiefs.
In the first clash, Pirates clinched a 6-4 goal victory but were faced with a stronger and much better prepared Amakhosi who hit back two years later and dominated the scoreboard with a 7-3 victory. Fast forward to the 90s and it was Pirates who hit back with a 5-1 victory over their bitter rivals. With derby greats Mandla Sithole, Ernest ‘Botsotso’ Makhanya, Teboho Moloi, and Rod Anley who saw to it that the title came back home to the Bucs. A true Chiefs legend and champion is keeper Joseph ‘Banks’ Setlhodi who powered four penalties in the 1971 and 1972 derbies‚ the only goalkeeper ever to score in the derby.
Soweto Derby clash of the titans is deeply entrenched in SA soccer history and has a special place in the hearts of many South African soccer fans. Don’t miss out on the next thrilling PSL contest game being played at the FNB Stadium, Saturday 27 October at 3.30pm and experience true SA soccer passion, for the love of the game.