Soweto derby: Who will draw first blood?

2012-07-27 08:53

With one trophy apiece already after winning the Gauteng Sports Challenge and Mbombela Cup, the first Soweto derby in the Carling Black Label tomorrow promises to be a mouthwatering affair.

There are always fireworks in games between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and supporters are in for an entertaining evening at FNB Stadium.

After months of casting their votes on their preferred players, supporters have made their choices and would have no one but themselves to blame if their favourite players do no deliver.

Last weekend the two teams showed glimpses of brilliance by winning pre-season tournaments although they both won on penalties.

Chiefs beat Bidvest Wits to lift the Gauteng Cup while Pirates also beat Mamelodi Sundowns to win the Mbombela Cup.

Whoever draws the first blood tomorrow would not only have the bragging rights but also set the pace for the coming season.

Last year’s event will be best remembered for Itumeleng Khune’s missed penalty which gave the Buccaneers the victory and Chiefs will be out to avenge that defeat.

There are no surprises in Pirates line up with only one new recruit, Sifiso Myeni, on the starting berth. The Ghosts’ supporters have shown faith in the out-of-sorts midfielder Mark Mayambela by voting him to the starting line up.

Chiefs supporters, on the other hand, have included two new comers – Morgan Gould and Siboniso Gaxa – in their line up.

From the supporters choice it is clear that they want free flowing end to end stuff.

The line-ups:
Kaizer Chiefs XI: Khune, Gaxa, Mashamaite, Gould, Jambo, Letsholonyane, Nale, Dladla, Lebese, Majoro, Parker

Orlando Pirates XI: Josephs, Mahamutsa, Matlaba, Lekgwathi, Sangweni, Jali, Myeni, Manyisa, McCarthy, Mbuyane, Mayambela

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