Koketso Ramorei
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4 Mar 2015
11:57 am

Benni Magic – My Favourite Derby

Koketso Ramorei

The Soweto derby is the biggest game in sub-Saharan Africa, not only because of the TV numbers and stadiums packed to capacity, but also the bragging rights it goes with.

Benni McCarthy celebrates scoring an equaliser during the Carling Black Label Cup match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium on July 28, 2012 in Johannesburg. File photo: Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images

My favourite derby is when Benni McCarthy was playing in his first Soweto Derby since joining Orlando Pirates, and he opened the scoring after just nine minutes of play.

McCarthy had been playing for English side West Ham United and he always said he wanted to retire in South Africa.

Former Bucs midfielder Andile Jali finished off a pass by Tlou Segolela and then three minutes later Tlou Segolela left two Kaizer Chiefs defenders standing still as he put in a cross for McCarthy to complete his brace.

FILE PICTURE: Benni McCarthy of Pirates attempts with a bicycle kick during the Absa Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium on December 08, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa.Photo by Duif du Toit / Gallo Images

FILE PICTURE: Benni McCarthy of Pirates attempts with a bicycle kick during the Absa Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium on December 08, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa.Photo by Duif du Toit / Gallo Images

Chiefs’s two goals in the second half were scored by Simphiwe Tshabalala and Lehlohonolo Majoro.

Close to 90 000 fans came to witness the biggest local soccer spectacle at the FNB stadium. After many recent dull affairs, this Soweto derby finally lived up to expectations, with all the elements in place.

Chiefs had Pirates under severe pressure in the closing stages of the game but failed to find the back of the net and it ended with Bucs clinching the match with a 3-2 victory.

Orlando Pirates 3 – 2 Kaizer Chiefs, Absa Premiership, March 17 2012