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Yesterday was yet another thrilling sporty day for soccer lovers across the country as the country almost stood still at 15:30pm to witness the Soweto Derby. A clash between Soweto rivals and two of the most supported soccer clubs in South Africa, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. The game was played at the famous FNB stadium (Soccer City during the World Cup). Almost packed to capacity, fans waited for the game to start and as many of the sports analysts commented “not even the best predictors of soccer matches would have predicted the outcome of this derby”.

The game hosted by Orlando Pirates started with a shocker own goal in favour of Kaizer Chiefs in the 6th minute by Orlando Pirates “golden boy” Daine Klate. Celebrations had already begun, as if Chiefs fans knew they were about to be victorious. As if Pirates luck couldn’t get any worse, they handed Chiefs a penalty which was taken by Knowledge Musona who made no mistake. He beat Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs to increase Chiefs score-line by 2 goals to nothing.

Man of the match: Knowledge Musona

Half-time ended in favour of Kaizer Chiefs leading by 2 goals. Both teams had equal ball possession (50/50). In the second half it was clear to see that Chiefs dominated the field and ball possession. Pirates struggled to keep the ball and when they did, they just couldn’t find the right combination to pull one back from Chiefs. Knowledge Musona was incredible on the day and showed his skills when he headed his 2nd goal of the day and third for Kaizer Chiefs in the back of the net.

Orlando Pirates fought back and finally pulled one back from Chiefs with a goal from Ezenwa Otorogu his first goal for Orlando Pirates eased the heartache of the “Happy People”

Personally, I think Orlando Pirates made all the right substitutions late in the game, when Chiefs had already capitalised. Lekgwati failed to hold the team together and when Tlou Segolela finally did come onto the pitch it was almost a little too late. (The saving the best for last technique failed Krol and cost him and his team a much needed 3 points to “Krol”  crawl a step higher on the PSL log.

After sustaining an injury, man of the moment Musona was substituted with Abia Nale taking his place. I thought Chiefs captain Jimmy Tau had a great game until he showcased a selfish moment which cost Chiefs a possible 4th goal of the day. Pirates defence was leaking and their counterattack was too weak, Chiefs could have easily walked away with 5 goals.

As an avid soccer fan I was relieved that we were not going to be subjected to watching yet another goalless Soweto Derby. The Soweto Derby has been brought back to life and my guess is, it can only get better from here as the beaten team seeks revenge in the next clash.

From your girl Allegro Dinkwanyane-“I’m just saying”, so have your say…


What did you think of this edition of the Soweto Derby?

I’m a passionate writer, who enjoys writing and informing people as well as learning new things. I love sports, the arts and music. I am a sports presenter of UJfm 95.4 as well as other things. Simply put, I am a dynamic young lady who wants to bring about chnage and have an impact in both the media industry and in people’s lives.

Allegro – who has written posts on Farai Today.

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