Take Chiefs and Pirates to PE

Derby day: Pirates and Chiefs will face off in the MTN8 final. Picture: Gallo Images

Derby day: Pirates and Chiefs will face off in the MTN8 final. Picture: Gallo Images

With all due respect to the Carling Black Label Kickabout, the first proper Soweto derby of the season will take place when Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates meet in the MTN8 final on September 20.

Both teams have played some excellent ball in the lead up to the final, and thoroughly deserve to go head to head in front of a packed stadium of fans, wherever they may play.

The venue is expected to be announced before the end of the week, with the Premier Soccer League apparently deliberating – before ultimately giving the game to Durban again.

In all seriousness, the Moses Mabhida Stadium has hosted six domestic cup finals since it was opened not long before the 2010 Fifa World Cup, so perhaps it is time for the league to take this Soweto derby showdown elsewhere.

FNB Stadium is obviously out because it is Kaizer Chiefs’ home ground, so I like the idea of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. Just for a change!

Before the international break takes hold, meanwhile, there are two sets of Absa Premiership fixtures to be done with, today and tomorrow and on the weekend.

The biggest of the lot is tomorrow night’s game between Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates at Loftus. I’m expecting Sundowns to win 2-1, as I’ve already predicted in this week’s Phakaaathi, available with your copy of the Citizen.

In there, we also take a close look at Shakes Mashaba’s Bafana squad, in particular some of the players that might be less-known to the SA public. I have to say I find Mashaba’s squad a little bizarre. As Shaun Bartlett says in this week’s Phakaathi, the new Bafana coach is taking a big risk with the amount of untried players he has thrown into the Bafana fray. I hope the gamble pays off, but I fear for Bafana in the upcoming AFCON 2015 qualifiers against Sudan and Nigeria.

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