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PHOTOS: GALLO IMAGES Mpho Makola of Orlando Pirates andSiphiwe Tshabalala of Kaizer Chiefs (far right)

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THE much-awaited Soweto Derby and the biggest soccer match in South Africa between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs is expected to produce endless fireworks, but the final score is difficult to predict.

In fact the diehards of these two traditional arch-rivals are likely to leave the stadium after the final whistle disappointed or maybe with their head hanging in shame.

This week Echo spoke to two former greats from both camps, but they were cagey and did not want to give direct answers.

Former Orlando Pirates captain Edward “Magents­” Motale said both teams are expected to find themselves in the tight corner because AmaBhakaBhaka and AmaKhosi will play twice in the next two weekends.

On Saturday 31 October, at 3pm at FNB the two bulls of soccer will lock horns in a league game. On 7 November these enemies will be back on the field for the second time fighting it out in the Telkom Knockout semi-finals.

Jou my broer, this is going to be a very tricky one for both the players and technical staff. I mean this Saturday these Soweto giants will be playing in the league game. The same two teams will be back facing each other in the TKO semis.

“It’s a tough one and it is unlikely that they are going to go all out in the first one. I expect them to be very cautious,” said Motale.

Former Pirates speedy left winger, Hellman “Midnight Express” Mkhalele says the Soweto derbies are always tough to predict because there is a lot in stake.

Former AmaKhosi captain Lucas “Rhoo” Radebe said the country must remember that there is a lot of history, pride and bragging rights between the two sides, and that current form or statistics will be thrown out of the window.

“Maybe we just need to let the game play and talk after 90 minutes. The truth is it means everything to everybody attached to both teams and to the country. It’s a tough one to predict, but there will be a lot of surprises,” said Radebe.

Another ex-AmaKhosi star player, Arthur Zwane, said it was difficult to predict the score, but he predicted that representatives from both sides will walk on and off the field with pride because it’s a historical occasion.

Pirates administration manager Flyod Mbele said his side will go onto the field with shoulders held high as representatives of SA in the Caf final­.

AmaKhosi marketing manager Jessica Motaung says the black-and-gold diehards will come out in droves to make the black and white and red strip feel the heat of last the season’s champions.

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