Friday, September 9, 2011

Chiefs & Pirates Fans Expecting an Awesome Treat

Sphiwe Masilela

Moeneeb Josephs will be Pirates' number one man
during the two matches.
Soweto derby time has come early during the current football season in South Africa as Orlando Pirates will face arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday night. The two will battle it out in FNB Stadium (previously known as Soccer City) at 20h15.

Orlando Pirates, who are hoping to defend the wafa-wafa cup will be going there with a bit of an edge as they have beaten their opponents twice in pre-season matches, but Chiefs says those games were just a practise run and have ironed out the few problems they had. Despite the Phefeni boys’ enthusiasm and confidence Pirates coach, Julio Leal, says he is adamant his boys will come out victorious at the end of the ninety minutes. The Citizen newspaper quoted him saying, "I am very high on confidence for the match and also the fact that now the team has spent two months with me makes me believe we can do wonders in the game."

Amakhosi will be welcoming midfielder Reneilwe 'Yeye' Letsholonyane and George Lebese who have been out on injuries. The Buccaneers will be without their new striker, Benni MacCarthy who received a red card two weeks ago against Maritzburg United.

Black and white will however be welcoming their speedy winger Tlou Segolela and shot-stopper Moeneeb Josephs who were ruled out of the Bafana squad to play Niger due to injuries last week. The winner on Saturday will walk away with R8 million and a trophy.

The country’s two biggest sides will meet again in a league match in less than seven days. This is despite many football lovers complaining of the derby possibly losing its spark as the two sides have been playing a lot against each other.

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