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There's a new edge to the derby

By unknown | Nov 21, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

South African football giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates are known for having produced thrilling encounters that have mesmerised the nation, divided families and set friends against each other.

Now they are about to take their passionate rivalry to another level, and give the world a glimpse at the heartbeat of local soccer.

Their eagerly awaited derby, scheduled for Kings Park Stadium in Durban on Saturday afternoon, is set to be beamed to an estimated 23 million viewers across Europe.

The fact that millions of soccer lovers nationally and across the seas will be watching this encounter could inspire the players to play above themselves on the day, as if the derby itself was not motivation enough.

The clock has started counting down to the historic game, which could be the mother of all derbies. It is should be a no-holds-barred encounter.

To many it will be like a fairytale journey from the dusty grounds of the townships to the lucrative central European stage for the two Soweto clubs.

It is undoubtedly going to be one of the greatest matches in a long history of rivalry between the two when they battle it out before the stadium that is expected to be throbbing with enthusiastic fans.

Amakhosi's team manager Bobby "Bobsteak" Motaung said they were at a disadvantage because they were in an unenviable position on the log, sitting in 11th place.

"We've got to win this one and move a rung up the league ladder. The game itself is one of the biggest and it is a motivating factor," he said.

"We've got to set high standards because of the international exposure the teams will be getting and it is bound to be an all-action affair.

"We're expecting an exciting and thrilling game that should keep the fans on their toes for the better part of the 90 minutes of regulation time."

He said their preparations were going smoothly and everyone in the team was excited and looking forward to the great day.

Both teams' status, reputation and dignity will be at stake in this age-old rivalry that will remind one of the halcyon days.

"Tickets are sold out, even hotels are fully booked.

"That alone is a sign that this encounter is going to be one of the greatest to be staged at this venue," said Motaung.

Motaung said Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs twere true ambassadors of South African football.


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