Soweto Derby: Goals at a premium

FILE PICTURE: Vladimir Vermezovic. Picture: Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images.

FILE PICTURE: Vladimir Vermezovic. Picture: Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images.

The Vladimir Vermezovic factor might add spice to this afternoon’s Soweto Derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at the FNB Stadium, but there has lately been an ingredients missing to serve up a mouth-watering clash.

Goals and exciting football for one would be a welcome addition to the affair for the sell-out crowd and the over 50 countries where the match will be beamed live.

Enter Khethokwakhe Masuku. The skilful midfielder will battle it out with Tlou Segolela for a place in the Buccaneers’ starting XI, with Vermezovic hinting he was looking to give Segolela the nod because of the trouble he gave Chiefs during his stint as the club’s coach.

But Segolela is not 100% fit yet. Masuku enjoyed regular game time under interim coach Eric Tinkler, with Pirates’ fans loving his skill and pace.

“Football – I take it seriously, but I also take it as my friend,” Masuku said.

“Whenever I get a pass, I already know what I will do with it before I touch it. Skills are in my blood. The new coach told everyone that whenever you walk onto the pitch, don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

“Mistakes are there to happen and learn from. The only thing that you have to do, he said, is that you have to go out there and enjoy yourself. If you want to dribble, do it as long as it will help the team go forward.”

The Buccaneers need to move forward with a 10-point gap between them and leaders Amakhosi. But Pirates have a game in hand.

Chiefs will be without their injured captain Itumeleng Khune while Vermezovic revealed that Rooi Mahamutsa is 100% ready to play, while Patrick Phungwayo and Siyabonga Sangweni are 75% to 80% fit after a lengthy absence.

“I am looking forward to winning the game, together with my team-mates and the new coach so that we can give him a warm welcome as he has said he has unfinished business in the country,” Masuku said.




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