As i sit typing this I am in the middle of watching the MTN8 semifinal between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs. Jimmy Tau is sitting in the SuperSport studio wearing a particularly swag pair of spectacles, but I digress.
In South African football these days, there is a Soweto derby almost as often as a refereeing error (I did say almost).
Sometimes, this can cause the derby to lose some of its lustre, but I have to say, this knife-edge of an MTN8 semifinal has been most enjoyable.
If I can type fast enough, or at least not find myself distracted by the wonders of Heritage Day, I ought to have finished this column before Chiefs or Pirates claim their place in the final in Durban on Saturday.
As it stands, this one could run to penalties, and if I haven’t finished my column before then, my editor might just lynch me (yes, I nearly did – Ed).
Orlando Stadium looks to be the perfect place to spend a public holiday today, whether you are an Amakhosi or a Buccaneer.
The stadium looks all-but full to the brim, and the tension is palpable, even through my television set.
The prolific Bernard Parker has put Chiefs in front, tying the tie up at 1-1 on aggregate and by the time you read this, it will either have been in vain or en route to glory.
I’ve attended so many Soweto derbies I’ve lost count, and I’m not there today because I have to wade my way through the traffic this evening to get to the Bidvest Wits-Platinum Stars semifinal.
Jokes aside, this does, in a sense, bring me to my point (‘there is a point to this?’, I hear you cry, or is that just the voice in my head?)
On Saturday evening, I attended the Absa Premiership game between Kaizer Chiefs and Platinum Stars at FNB Stadium.
It was a pulsating game, between last season’s champions and last season’s runners-up, ending 2-1 to Amakhosi.
And the tickets sold ahead of the game were said to amount to 600. Nope, there are not two zeros, or even one missing from that number.
A rivetting game was watched in a ghost town, made particularly tragic by the sheer heights of FNB Stadium.
Tonight, poor traffic witticisms aside, I’m not exactly expecting Bidvest Stadium to be pulsating under the weight of thousands.
Aside from the derby, attendances tend to be dreadful. There have been many reasons given for this, but what there is no doubt, whether it’s affordability, poor marketing, or television driven, is that its sad. There is more to our game than just the derby, but not many seem to realise this. - The Star