Legends tip Chiefs to win Soweto derby

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Kaizer Chiefs are tipped to hammer Orlando Pirates when they meet in the Soweto derby of the Absa Premiership at Mmabatho Stadium on Saturday.

Of the six soccer legends contacted by Sowetan, three are adamant Chiefs will make it two in a row after their 1-0 win over Golden Arrows last week.

Two predicated a draw and one a win for Pirates.

Former Benoni United and Moroka Swallows ace midfielder William "Sneeze Machine" Makhura reckons Amakhosi will walk away with the three points.

"Derby matches are always unpredictable, it's always a final. I give Chiefs the edge to win. Pirates are still struggling a bit, but should not be underestimated."

Vuma Mfeka, ex-African Wanderers and AmaZulu player, is also going along with Chiefs to win.

"The clubs that are considered to be smaller in the Premiership are the ones who are taking centre stage lately.

"Despite the log standings of Chiefs and Pirates, there is always that excitement throughout the country when the two sides meet.

"The derby reminds us of the golden oldies such as Ace Ntsoelengoe and Jomo Sono who used to entertain us, making soccer so exciting.

"Not everybody could don the jerseys of the two clubs, so it's a challenge to the current generation to redouble their efforts when they are given a chance.

"As things stand, Chiefs look set to win."

Joel Mongalo, formerly with Mahwelereng Real Rovers and Pepsi The Angel, is also betting his last cent on Chiefs.

"It will be a tough game, but Chiefs should walk away with it. Pirates will also have to improve on their recent poor display if they are serious about a top eight finish."

But Mike "Nanana" Ntombela, former BidVest Wits defender and Mamelodi Sundowns captain, is tipping Amabhakabhaka to rise from the ashes.

"Chiefs look like they are much stronger now, better than Pirates. The problem is that it does not operate that way in a derby match. It is all about who is hungrier on the day. I give it to Pirates to win and restore their tarnished image after a series of poor results."

However, Lawrence "Sister Monica" Siyangaphi, who has played for Witbank Black Aces and Jomo Cosmos, predicts a draw.