Orlando Pirates captain and coach Thabo Matlaba and Milutin Stredojevic, and their Kaizer Chiefs counterparts Steve Komphela and Bernard Parker at the press conference on Thursday. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

JOHANNESBURG – Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs have promised not only goals, but an entertaining match and a winner in Saturday’s Soweto Derby at FNB Stadium.

The biggest match in the South African calendar has failed to live up to the billing, producing dull draws with few goals that led to it being labelled the “drawby”.

But these Soweto giants are talking tough leading up to this season’s first leg of the Derby.

Chiefs coach Steve Komphela and his Pirates counterpart Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic predicted that their teams will win 2-0.

Buccaneers captain Thabo Matlaba also predicted a 2-0 scoreline, going as far as saying that Thamsanqa Gabuza will net a brace against Amakhosi, who are on a high after beating Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Versfeld on Tuesday.

Matlaba and company, on the other hand, come into this match after a disappointing 1-1 draw with Platinum Stars. 

“Both teams have started well,” Matlaba said. “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 as even though we both have started well, we both need this win. This is the Soweto Derby. It is all about the first, so 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.”

The team that will collect maximum points will leave high in confidence as they look to turn things around after two trophyless seasons.

Komphela is feeling that pressure the most, but he comes into this match with one small victory – he is still standing – while Sredojevic will be the fifth Pirates coach he will come up against in the Soweto Derby in the space of three seasons.

Eric Tinkler, Muhsin Ertugral, Augusto Palacios and Kjell Jonevret have all sat opposite Komphela at FNB Stadium in this big match.

“I don’t know how many colleagues (Pirates coaches) I have sat here with (for a Soweto Derby press conference),” Komphela said. “I have seen them come and go.”


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