Absa Premiership

Mkhalele sits on Derby fence

2015-03-06 14:01
Helman Mkhalele (Supplied)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates legend Helman Mkhalele said it would be very difficult to predict the outcome when his old club plays against Kaizer Chiefs in a crucial Premiership fixture on Saturday.

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Mkhalele was a part of the Soweto Derby between 1993 and 1997 and adds that some of the trends in this fixture have not really changed to this day.

He makes the assertion that current form seldom has a bearing on the outcome of this fixture, adding that there would be a considerable amount of pride at stake for both teams this weekend.

"The Soweto Derby is never about previous results or current form you know. It is about pride, and a lot is always at stake on match day when the two big clubs clash," Mkhalele told Goal website.

"In most cases, the team that normally prevails in the Derby is the one which is well prepared and wants it the most on match day," added Mkhalele.

"Good preparations are very important you know, both physically and psychologically heading into the Soweto Derby."

The one factor worth taking into account, perhaps, is that both teams have played midweek fixtures in the build-up to this match and Chiefs are the only team that managed to walk away with maximum points.

If any side is expected to have the edge this weekend, Mkhalele admits it will most likely be Chiefs.

"Well yes, Chiefs have the upper hand heading into this weekend's game, because they were boosted by their win against Ajax on Wednesday," added the former Ankaragucu star.

"However, I wouldn't rule out Pirates just because they drew their last league game. That result won't count on Saturday.

“Pirates will be out to redeem themselves, as Chiefs beat them in the last meeting between the two teams," said Mkhalele.

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