is only one subject worth discussing in South African football this week: The MTN8 Soweto Derby final!
corner you turn, be it on a train, bus, taxi or even when sitting in your car and
listening to the radio, talk is around this very important event on the SA
came as no surprise that tickets for Saturday's match were snapped up
in less than four hours of going on sale.
who were hoping to buy them on their way home from work, lost out.
as a result, we are told that there are many fake tickets in circulation out
there while there is also talk that some people bought tickets in bulk with a
view of selling them at inflated prices.
many occasions, more especially in recent years, the derby has failed to live
to expectations. Many a derby has ended in a dour, goalless draw.
the hype this time around is that this will be the mother of all derbies.
There is even talk that there will be plenty of goals. And there will definitely be a winner this time as this is a one-off final.
argument is based on the fact that the two clubs are in top form with their
players scoring goals freely.
Orlando Pirates duo of Kermit Erasmus and Lehlohonolo Majoro have been scoring
goals as if they are going out of fashion. The fact that Majoro is a former
Chiefs player while coach Vladimir Vermezovic is also a former Amakhosi mentor,
are further ingredients that point to a humdinger.
go into this final with a 100% record having registered six straight wins in
the league and four in this Cup tournament.
also have the two Georges, Maluleka and Lebese, as well as Mandla Masango and
Reneilwe Letsholonyane who are in red hot form.
Kaizer Chief are without talisman captain and goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune,
should count for naught.
on the flipside, this could be an extra motivating factor for Pirates
goalkeeper, Senzo Meyiwa.
latter has been living in Khune's shadow for quite some time at national level. In doing so, he faced a similar situation as that of another Bucs goal-minder, Moneeb Josephs.
in Khune's absence, Meyiwa was given the No 1 jersey and awarded the Bafana
Bafana captain's arm-band for their 2015 AFCON qualification matches against Sudan and Nigeria.
didn't disappoint, keeping a clean sheet in both matches.
And no bigger stage to entrench his position than in front of a full house at
Moses Mabhida Stadium and a huge global audience!
brings me to another point. With all the hype around this match, one hopes that
the footballers involved will give the paying spectators their money's worth.
African footballers do have a tendency to take the paying spectators for a
ride. It is this kind of attitude that has led to many Soweto Derby matches
ending in goalless draws.
change in attitude and an approach similar to that of world renowned magician
David Copperfield who gave his best performance in every show, the players that
the two clubs have at their disposal can produce one hell of a game.
this is just what the paying spectators deserve, save for the bragging rights
that will be earned by those whose club wins.
world over, derbies are usually highly anticipated events and almost never fail
to live up to their billing.
this MTN8 final Soweto Derby provide us with unforgettable memories that will
linger long in our minds!
S’Busiso Mseleku is regarded as one of Africa's leading
sports journalists and an authority on football. He has received some of
the biggest awards in a career spanning well over 20 years. He is
currently City Press Sports Editor.
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