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2013-09-24 08:00

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MTN8 clash can only be exciting.

Will lightning strike Kaizer Chiefs twice? The last time Amakhosi played at Orlando Stadium was, coincidentally, in the second leg of the 2009 MTN8 semifinal against Ajax Cape Town.

The match ended in a 3-3 draw but Chiefs were eliminated after having lost the first leg 1-0.

There is now a sense of déjà vu, as the defending Absa PSL champions face Orlando Pirates at the Soweto venue trailing by a goal from the opening leg of this year’s MTN8 semis.

The Heritage Day clash, which kicks off at 3pm, will mark a third Soweto derby between the two rivals in the space of two months.

With both teams having won one game each, today’s game cannot be anything but exciting.

In their most recent confrontation, Chiefs drew first blood when they won the Carling Cup in July, but Pirates avenged that defeat with a 1-0 victory in the first leg of the MTN8 semifinal three weeks ago.

The Bucs have never lost to Amakhosi in the MTN8 competition, after defeating their rivals 2-1 on aggregate back in 2010.

The Bucs also beat Chiefs in the 2011 final to clinch a victory en route to their season treble.

But the teams have been blowing hot and cold lately.

Pirates twice lost the chance to wrap up their CAF Champions League campaign to get into the semifinals of that competition when they lost away to Egyptian side Zamalek and to AC Léopards in Congo-Brazzaville last weekend.

On the local front, the Bucs laboured to a 1-0 league victory over struggling Polokwane City midweek.

Chiefs, on the other hand, have had a goal-scoring headache.

They were due to host Platinum Stars last night after a disappointing trip to Bloemfontein Celtic, where they came back midweek with a point from Free State.

Chiefs might not have played at Pirates’ slaughterhouse for some time, but seven of their players had a feel of the pitch when Bafana Bafana hosted Zimbabwe last week.

Three Chiefs men – Knowledge Musona, Kingston Nkatha and Willard Katsande – emerged victorious, albeit while wearing the colours of the Zimbabwe national team, in a 2-1 victory over Bafana.

»?In another second-leg semifinal clash today, Platinum Stars will take a 4-2 first-leg lead to Bidvest Wits (kickoff is at 7.30pm).

It is not over yet for Gavin Hunt’s Wits as they only need a 2-0 victory to book a place in the final, which will take place at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday evening.

Soweto derby frenzyVenue: Orlando StadiumTime: 3pm

Permutations

»?Any draw will see Pirates through to the final

»?A 1-0 victory for Chiefs will send the game into extra time

»?Chiefs need to win by two or more goals to reach the final

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