Cape Town - Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Andile Jali believes the fact so many Soweto derbies end in draws is because the coaches are too afraid to lose.
The K.V. Oostende forward featured in 13 derbies during his five years with the Buccaneers, winning three and losing three, while seven ended in stalemates.
Those draws have long raised the ire of supporters of both Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, and Jali believes the clubs' fans should prepare themselves for plenty more as losing is just not an option when it comes to South Africa's biggest club clash.
"The Soweto derby is the biggest game in South Africa. I know people are complaining now about the draws and the teams not scoring," he told Soccer Laduma.
"I think it happens when you see the one team is number one in the league and the other is not, so the team higher on the table only needs a draw. That’s what the coach is playing for.
"I have been there. I have played in Soweto Derbies. I know how the coaches are.
"They don't want to wake up the following day and read in the papers that their team lost."