Saturday derby a chance at redemption for Pirates and Chiefs
By Osward Kayange
Both teams will go into the match following draws.
Saturday’s Soweto Derby gives Orlando Pirates players an opportunity to show they are still worthy to don the famous black and white by winning against arch-rivals, Kaizer Chiefs.
For Chiefs, a win might go a long way towards convincing those fans who still doubt that the team has turned the corner despite the glamour boys being fourth on the Absa Premiership table after a good run.
Both teams will go into the match following draws. Pirates drew 1-1 with Polokwane City in their last match while Chiefs also played to a 1-1 draw with Ajax Cape Town in their last fixture.
This has been Pirates’ worst season in years- one which everyone associated with the club would like to put behind them. The arrival of Swedish mentor, Kjell Jonevret, might have given fans hope that things will turn around. With the team having drawn their match against Polokwane City, their first under Jonevret, an improved performance all-round is expected from the team on Saturday against Chiefs.
Togolese striker, Dove Wome, who scored against City, agrees with Jonevret that Saturday’s match might be a turning point. “We are not doing well at the moment but this game is a different game and hopefully is going to be turning point for us, the club and the supporters because they are faithful and are still supporting us until now.”
“For us it’s a fantastic opportunity and my advice to the players is just go out and that you’re good footballers and show the supporters that Orlando Pirates is on their way back again,” says Jonevret.
Chiefs Coach, Steve Komphela, hasn’t won a league derby since his arrival at Chiefs and will be hoping for a win. Komphela says the team that is mentally better prepared will come through.
“We couldn’t get the results in Cape Town and yes Orlando Pirates haven’t been doing well but they remain Orlando Pirates, a big team. I think the ones who is mentally better prepared will come through.”
Chiefs’ captain, Itumeleng Khune, will be among players who have played in a number of derbies. Despite that, Khune says every derby is different and a win in it can influence how their entire season pans out.
“Fans always say just beat Pirates even though there are other matches before the derby we always be reminded how a win in the derby is,” says Khune.
Both teams will be hoping to win on Saturday afternoon at the FNB stadium after the last derby played in October ended goalless.