It does not rank as high as Spain’s ‘El Classico’ between Barcelona and Real Madrid, Argentina’s ‘il Superclasico’ between River Plate and Boca Juniors or Scotland’s Old Firm derby, but the Soweto Derby is still one of the Top 20 football rivalries in the world.
As the two giants march onto the turf at the FNB today, Tendai Ndoro and Willard Katsande are almost certain to start when Orlando Pirates meet Kaizer Chiefs in the famous Soweto Derby this afternoon.
Despite a long goal drought, Tendai Ndoro is a capable striker and will seek to rediscover his scoring formular against the rival and extend his goal tally at the top of the log.
However, Katsande has proved to be an able player who has bossed the ABSA Premiership, he will be bouyed by his performance back in 2014. Katsande scored his first official goal on 15 March 2014 in the Soweto derby against Orlando Pirates, the same team he made his debut against, being a header in the 61st minute in a 1–0 win. He scored almost on the goal line and headed past Senzo Meyiwa.
Kaizer Chiefs also has in its ranks Edmore Chirambadare and Mitchel Katsvairo, but the players have struggled to get regular starting places in he side.
Many Zimbabwean players have taken part in the Derby with Tinashe Nengomasha having featured the most at Kaizer Chiefs, rivaled during the same days by hard tackling compatriot at Orlando Pirates Edebelt Dinha.
On head to head Kaizer Chiefs have won 67 times scoring 208 goals while Pirates have won 38 times scoring 168 goals – 49 matches have ended as draws between the two teams.