South African Soweto Derby round two

2015-11-11 06:00
PHOTOS:GALLO IMAGES  Orlando Pirates striker Kermit Ersamus is expected to be a thorn in the side of Kaizer Chiefs when the two sides meet in the Telkom Knockout on Saturday. Many are expecting Amakhosi to revenge their 3-1 defeat in the Absa Premier

PHOTOS:GALLO IMAGES Orlando Pirates striker Kermit Ersamus is expected to be a thorn in the side of Kaizer Chiefs when the two sides meet in the Telkom Knockout on Saturday. Many are expecting Amakhosi to revenge their 3-1 defeat in the Absa Premier

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FIREWORKS are expected to be the order of the day when two of South Africa’s biggest soccer teams and Soweto­ giants­ Orlando Pirates and Amas’ Kaizer Chiefs lock horns again on Saturday.

This time around these football powerhouses will fight for honours­ and bragging rights in the Telkom Knockout semi-final at FNB Stadium from 3pm.

Now the question on many soccer followers’ lips is, can lightning strike twice at Naturena? This after AmaBhakaBhaka beat AmaKhosi 3-1 last Saturday. Can they really repeat the feat for the second time and in two weekends, on the trot?

The already under pressure Bucs head coach, Eric Tinkler believes that if his team can stay motivated, focused and deadly in front of the goals like they did when they beat Chiefs last Saturday, his side will be again successful and can be confirmed to have officially turned the corner.

“It’s a tough weekend again and in fact the whole month won’t be easy for us.

“Our game this time is a cup game, the Telkom Knockout semi-final. It won’t be easy from both sides. Although it will be a tough one again, I believe if our team can repeat the same form, be deadly in front of the goals, stick to the plan and have 100% team work, I would like to believe we stand a good chance again,” said Tinkler.

Pirates speedy and star left defender, who captained the Mighty Bucs team last weekend, Thabo Matlaba, said he would like to see his players taking last weekend’s outstanding and blistering form into Saturday’s TKO semis.

“It’s a tricky one, but to give Chiefs a double dose is possible. We can beat them again, provided we are able to keep the same form we displayed against them during the league game,”said Matlaba.

Amakhosi’s football manager Bobby Motaung feels their supporters will again come out in their numbers to witness their team turning things around against their traditional arch-rivals.

“It’s a tough and a tricky one, but mark my words, the peace-loving people will pack FNB Stadium to the rafters to make sure their team turns the table­ against Pirates.

“We believe Pirates looked well and were the best team last Saturday and we can also do the same during the TKO semi-finals,” said Motaung.

The Pirates camp these days resembles a hospital ward with many of their key players on the injury list.

Pirates midfielder Oupa Manyisa was injured in September against Polokwane­ City.

Another crafty player still missing from the pack is Sifiso Myeni, who was injured in a match against Bidvest Wits and Happy Jele was take off the field on a stretcher recently.

Tinkler will pin his hopes on Thamsanqa­ Gabuza, Matlaba, Kermit Erasmus, Ayanda Gcaba and Issa Sarr.

Chiefs hopefuls will be looking up to the likes of Bernard Parker, George Lebese and Edward Manqele to deliver the required positives results.

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