Absa Premiership

The Durban hoodoo

2014-09-18 09:58
Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Thabo Mathlaba (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg – Durban has proved to be a place of fortune for Kaizer Chiefs in Sowetan derbies. Will history repeat itself in the MTN8 Final?

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According to KickOff, it has been four years since KwaZulu-Natal played host to a Soweto Derby.

Amakhosi and Orlando Pirates have already faced one another on three occasions in last 10 years in Durban.

It was 2006 when Chiefs overhauled Pirates 5-3 on penalties. Neither side could break the deadlock with 120 minutes being already played in the Absa Cup final. Pirates’ Patrick Mayo along with Thabo Mooki, David Obua, Cyril Nzama and former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper, Rowen Fernandez slotted their spot kicks at the back of the net in a game which was played at Kings Park Stadium.

The following year (2007), goals by Mabhuti Khenyeza, Excellent Walaza and Arthur Zwane ensured fans were entertained in a four goal thriller as the Sea Robbers and Glamour Boys had to head back to Soweto with a point each in an Absa Premiership match.

The first Pirates and Chiefs clash which the soccer World Cup stadium, Moses Mabhida, hosted was in April 2010 weeks before the first Fifa World Cup on African soil began.

It was a Telkom Knockout semi-final. A goal shy game which led to penalties after a 120 minute duel could not seal the fate of who will face Ajax Cape Town in the final at Kings Park.

Pirates’ Happy Jele, Terror Fanteni and Ndumiso Mabena all failed to score from the mark which gave Amakhosi a 3-0 victory. Chiefs went on to win Ajax in the final.

Kick-off for the MTN8 Final is set for 20:15.

Sport24 will have LIVE scoring and interactive commentary on MTN8 Final between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs to be played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

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