Absa Premiership

Nothing is bigger than the Soweto Derby - Booysen

2018-10-26 14:19
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Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs defender Mario Booysen says a lot will be at stake when Amakhosi take on Orlando Pirates in the sold-out Soweto derby on Saturday.

The two Soweto giants will renew their rivalry in the Premiership at FNB Stadium, hoping to improve their positions on the table.

The 30-year-old defender, who previously played for the likes of Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United, revealed that he always had a dream of playing in the Soweto derby.

“Derbies are something special, they are about pride and about bragging rights. There is a lot at stake. It's about two teams coming from the same town or area and who wants to dominate,” Booysen told his club website.

“I have been involved in a few derbies in the past. For example, the Tshwane derby between SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns. Before the match, I could immediately see in the dressing what was at stake, just by looking at my teammates who had been previously involved in that derby.

“I saw the attitude on their faces - the guys really wanted to come tops to have that bragging right of being the best. We won.

“I lost, however, the Cape Town derby between Ajax Cape Town and Cape Town City. That was tough.

“Of course, nothing is bigger than the Soweto Derby. From a young age, I watched the matches between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

“One day I want to be part of this, I always thought when watching.”

Kick-off is at 15:30.


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