Absa Premiership

Matlaba wants to win the Soweto derby for the fans

2017-10-20 22:17
Thabo Matlaba (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates captain Thabo Matlaba wants to repay the Buccaneers fans with a derby win over Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs.

South Africa's two biggest clubs meet in an eagerly awaited Premiership encounter at the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Buccaneers battled last season in the league and only managed an 11th placed finish. But they head into Saturday's showdown looking a team with renewed confidence after the arrival of head coach Milutin Sredojevic.

After a bright start to the season the Sea Robbers lie in third position on the standings, one point above Chiefs.

Matlaba points out that form will count for little on the day, adding that he wants the Bucs faithful, also referred to as the 'Happy People', to leave the stadium smiling.

"With Derbies there are no favourites. There's a tendency of people coming to the Derby on the back of not doing well and they pull a surprise. We just have to focus on the match on Saturday.

"Both teams have started well. I think that this game is going to be a very entertaining game with goals. I am sure about that because of the positive start that both teams have had.

"The fans will be entertained and I am certain that there will be goals.

"This is the Soweto Derby. We must get a win for the fans. Our fans are known as the Happy People, they must be always happy.

"We must repay them for the support they have given us, because as we all know we didn't do well last season."

Kick off is at 15:00.

Read more on:    orlando pirates  |  psl  |  thabo matlaba  |  soccer


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Friday, 05 April 2019
Maritzburg United v Bloemfontein Celtic, Harry Gwala Stadium 20:00
Saturday, 06 April 2019
Wits v Orlando Pirates, Bidvest Stadium 15:00
Highlands Park v Free State Stars, Makhulong Stadium 15:00
Golden Arrows v Cape Town City, Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium 15:00
Kaizer Chiefs v Baroka FC, FNB Stadium 18:00
AmaZulu v Chippa United, King Zwelithini Stadium 20:15
Sunday, 07 April 2019
Mamelodi Sundowns v SuperSport United, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 15:00
Polokwane City v Black Leopards, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

After slow starts to their respective 2018/19 Absa Premiership campaigns, who will finish the season ranked higher?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.