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During the days leading to the famous Soweto derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, some in a lame attempt, tried to downplay the excitement around the match.
This done as if the sceptics had forgotten that this was one of the most talked about derbies in Africa. For sure.
Seemingly there are people out there who believe soccer masses in South Africa should try to be "hip" by talking about derbies in Manchester and London, rather than what's happening here at home.
The fact is that both teams prepare for derbies differently from other fixtures because of the big interest.
It is for this reason Vodacom, the main sponsor of both teams, flooded newspapers with adverts as early as three weeks ago.
Ironically, as the hype was building up, the sceptics chose to speak about the derby but in a negative way. Some in their talkshows suggested that people were no longer interested in the derby "like before". Sadly, this notion was, in certain case, shared by some veterans.
The question is "like before" as in how?
On Thursday a message went out that 50 000 tickets were already sold, suggesting that by Saturday the "house full" sign would have gone up. Indeed the 78 000-seater Soccer City was full to capacity when the first whistle went.
If for instance "like before' means the 1970s or for that matter the '80s if not the '90s, then the knowalls should stop generalising.
These two giants at one stage met at one of the smallest of small venues around, the KwaThema Stadium, which accommodated about 8 000 to 10 000 people, in 1976.
That's the match when Chiefs introduced Teenage Dladla to its followers.
Today, consistently for that matter, not less than 24 000 pay to watch matches between Chiefs and Pirates at any stadium. And I am being generous with my figures.
People watching the Saturday match from TVs in the bars in Accra, Abuja, Mbabane and Gaborone must have been pleased with what they saw as it lived up to expectations.
Any lessons to be learned by some media knowalls here. Plenty. "Never estimate the magnitude of the Soweto derby between Chiefs and Pirates".