Absa Premiership

'Soweto derby is not just like any PSL game'

2016-10-25 12:07
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Cape Town - Orlando Pirates midfielder Thabo Rakhale says that they know what to expect from Kaizer Chiefs in the upcoming Soweto derby clash.

The Buccaneers and Chiefs have both advanced to the next round of the Telkom Knockout following victories over Golden Arrows and Maritzburg United respectively.

Rakhale admits their Telkom win over the weekend was just the tonic they needed going into derby.

The cup result halted a run of three successive draws for Muhsin Ertugral's side, who remain unbeaten in the Premiership this season, and Rakhale feels it came at just the right time ahead of their top-flight clash with arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs this weekend.

"A win is what we have been gunning for in the Arrows game, and we knew Arrows would give us a tough game, and they did. But we eventually came out with a much-needed win in that knockout game," the 26-year-old told Vodacom Soccer.

"Having played draws in three consecutive league games, a win is what we needed, and it has come as a morale-booster for us ahead of the upcoming Soweto derby."

Rakhale has started three of Pirates' five outings in the league, where they occupy third place - four points adrift of Chiefs with a game in hand on Steve Komphela's men, and the Bucs fan favourite is keen to showcase his skills if given the nod for the derby.

"Of course the Soweto Derby is not just like any PSL game for both Pirates and Chiefs players, as well as supporters. And there is no doubt that each and every player is looking forward to feature in a game of this nature," he added. 

"Yes, Chiefs are doing well at the moment in the league, and we know what to expect from them, but of course we are ready for a battle come Saturday."

Kick-off is at 15:30.

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