Uncategorized 15.3.2014 12:00 pm

Impact players hold key to Soweto Derby

KEY PLAYERS. Kaizer Chiefs' Katlego Mphela, left, and Orlando Pirates' Lehlohonolo Majoro could play big roles in the outcome of today's Soweto derby at FNB Stadium. Pictures: Gallo Images.

KEY PLAYERS. Kaizer Chiefs' Katlego Mphela, left, and Orlando Pirates' Lehlohonolo Majoro could play big roles in the outcome of today's Soweto derby at FNB Stadium. Pictures: Gallo Images.

Expectations for the big Soweto Derby today are that both Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs produce fireworks at the iconic FNB Stadium, the setting for the country’s most celebrated fixture.

Going into the game, there are many scores to be settled by players and coaches from both sides.

Pirates coach Vladimir Vermezovic faces his former employers in Chiefs for the first time since being appointed by the Sea Robbers last month as Roger De Sa’s replacement.

Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter is also looking for his elusive maiden derby victory in an official encounter.

But one factor common to both teams is the impact expected from Pirates’ Lehlohonolo Majoro and Chiefs’ Katlego Mphela.

Lehlohonolo Majoro

“Major” as he was known while still at Chiefs, is probably one player in the Pirates camp looking to prove that Chiefs made a mistake by letting him go.

His controversial, sudden departure from Naturena has not gone down well with the Chiefs management as the player ended up taking Amakhosi to the PSL’s Dispute Resolution Chamber to demand his clearance.

He received the clearance in time to face his former team.

Majoro will be looking to show Chiefs he has what it takes at the highest level by netting or playing a key role in seeing his side win today.

Having made his debut against Moroka Swallows on Wednesday, Majoro still looked some way from full match fitness, but against Chiefs he is likely to do all in his power to get on the scoresheet.

Katlego Mphela

The former Mamelodi Sundowns striker has not set the world on fire in Chiefs’ colours but the derby provides him with a great chance to remind South Africa what a prolific striker he still is.

Since his arrival at Chiefs in the January transfer window, Mphela has not delivered the masterfuldisplays and goals he is known for.

But in the handful of matches he has played for Stuart Baxter’s side, he has shown glimpses of the potent striker he can be.

Local fans though, have a tendency to remember what players do in matches of the magnitude of a Soweto Derby rather than low- key encounters.

And scoring this afternoon is something Mphela knows would help him settle at Chiefs.

He has yet to strike up a potent partnership with either Bernard Parker or Knowledge Musona, but his versatility has proved to everyone he can fit easily into the system at Chiefs.

 

 

 

 

 

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