Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates get to gauge their readiness for the new season when they clash in the Carling Black Label Derby on 1 August.
The traditional precursor cup final presents a platform for the two rivals to tussle it out for bragging rights. Popular entertainment figures Mo Flava [Moeti Tsiki] and DJ Shimza are relishing the potentially explosive tie.
Having faced heartbreak at the hands of Pitso Mosimane’s Al Ahly in the Caf Champions League final, Mo Flava, a prominent DJ and producer known for his love for Chiefs, believes his beloved Amakhosi picked valuable lessons from Saturday’s game. He is convinced they will put those lessons to use when they clash with their crosstown rivals next month.
“I’m glad that despite losing it was a great lesson especially for the young players who will take something out of that game. I’m hoping that we can take that forward,” Mo Flava told FARPost.
He is excited about the arrival of the duo of Given Thibedi and Njabulo Ngcobo from Swallows FC and hopes to see a glimpse of what they have to offer in the Derby. The 23-year-old central midfielder, Thibedi, rejoins Chiefs after a loan spell.
“I’m very happy, I remember watching Swallows last season. I saw [Given] Thibedi wearing Swallows colours and I thought ‘this boy shouldn’t have left Chiefs, why is he on loan’? I’m glad Chiefs have brought him back.
“I’ve always said defensively Chiefs should improve, so I’d like to see Ngcobo there. It’s a great occasion for us to see him coming in,” he added.
Shimza, who is also a music producer and DJ, hopes his beloved Buccaneers will enjoy better fortunes in the coming season.
“There’s no way one can say I was happy with how we finished last season. The biggest remedy to being happy is winning the title but we didn’t. We stand a good chance this year looking at the way the guys were performing. The signings I’m seeing are quite dope,” Shimza told FARPost.
He is eager to see former Free State Stars winger Monnapule Saleng, who recently joined Bucs, in action in the derby. “I want to see Saleng in action, I think he has so much to offer, young blood and very hungry, he’s one person every club should look out for,” he said.
The Carling Black Label Cup pits the 11 most voted for players from Chiefs and Pirates against one another. The two clubs would want to start their campaign with a morale-boosting victory.
Stuart Baxter takes charge of the side that he led to silverware back in 2015.
All eyes will be on him to end the club’s six-year trophy drought. Interestingly, their rivals Pirates are pretty much in the same boat as they have played second fiddle to Mamelodi Sundowns. They too will be looking to start off the season on the right foot having had an underwhelming campaign.
They finished third in the league and secured the last place in Africa next season, on the final day, after finishing in third position.
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By FARPost Reporter