Cape Town - Saturday, February 29 will mark 50 years since the first Soweto derby, and SuperSport will mark the momentous occasion with rolling pre-match coverage and expert on-day analysis as Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates go head to head.
Both are well placed in the Absa Premiership standings — Chiefs setting the pace at the top and Pirates pushing hard in third.
Chiefs won a five-goal derby thriller in November, but this fixture has even more piquancy given that it is the first of the new decade and could have a major bearing on the title chase.
SuperSport will host a press conference for the teams on Thursday to be broadcast live on SuperSport 4 and Blitz at 13:00, with the coaches of both teams in attendance.
A compendium of great goals from bygone derbies will also be broadcast as a reminder of past glories.
The fixture is bursting with storylines, making this one of the most exciting derby battles in years.
Pirates have largely dominated Chiefs since 2014, but it is Chiefs who are in front in the league race.
Also, Ernst Middendorp has never lost in the Soweto derby since his first stint as Chiefs coach back in 2005. This, too, is the first such derby that will have two German coaches seated opposite each other on the benches.
And few can boast more experience than Happy Jele, the Pirates captain, who has played the second most Soweto derbies in history (24) — three behind Chiefs keeper Itumeleng Khune.
As part of the build-up to Saturday, SuperSport also has several interviews lined up with prominent former players, among them William Shongwe, who played for both Pirates and Chiefs.
The intention is to go down memory lane and catch up with past players and get a feel of how it was playing for the teams, their expectations, fan expectations and what it meant to be involved in the derby in particular.
In episode one of A Rivalry, to be broadcast today (SS4, 19:30), Sizwe Mabena sits down with Shongwe, who is sure to offer a unique perspective on what awaits.
For the second episode (SS4, tomorrow, 20:00), Mabena is joined by Innocent Mayoyo, Steve Lekoelea and Shongwe. For the third and final episode (SS4, Friday, 17:30), Mabena and Shongwe are joined by Gabadinho Mhango and Thembinkosi Lorch from Pirates, plus Samir Nurkovic and Khama Billiat from Chiefs.
SuperSport will also have a special edition of Fanbase tomorrow (SS4, from 19:00), where fans will have an opportunity to talk about this much-anticipated clash between the Soweto giants.
On-day action includes a 90-minute build-up that will start at 14:00.
Kick-off is at 15:30.
Ensuring the very best presentation, SuperSport will have 25 cameras, including one aboard a helicopter, plus the latest in augmented reality and touch-screen technology.
- Witness Reporter