SOWETO DERBY: 4 big talking points from the clash

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For a match of the magnitude of the Soweto Derby there will always be a lot of talking points during and after the clash.

FARPost‘s Tiyani wa ka Mabasa lists some of them after Kaizer Chiefs prevailed 1-0 over Orlando Pirates courtesy of Lebo Manyama’s first half strike on Saturday.

1. Daniel Akpeyi 

In a Twitter poll ran by FARPost that attracted 2 780 votes asking who should start for Chiefs in goal, Itumeleng Khune received 54% and Akpeyi settled for 46%. It was clear who was the preferred option, but Akpeyi went on to silence his doubters with a Man of the Match performance. In fact, the triple-save that he made in the 73rd minute to deny Thembinkosi Lorch and Luvuyo Memela will live long in the memory of the Kaizer Chiefs faithfuls, especially if they go on to win the Absa Premiership title. Khune, by the way, was one of the players on the pitch at fulltime to congratulate Akpeyi on his performance, including Lorch!

Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp was asked at the post match press conference if he ever thought starting with Akpeyi would backfire and make things difficult for Chiefs in the title race and below was his interesting response.

2. Vincent Pule’s ‘hand ball’… was it a penalty?

Kaizer Chiefs thought they had won a penalty in the first half after Pule blocked Kearyn Baccus’s shot using his hands.

But it wasn’t given.

3  Lebo Manyama’s goal

If you watch the match highlights (you can find them here on our app under the match facts), you’d see that there were 5 Pirates players trying to stop Manyama from shooting at goal, yet the latter still kept his composure to score the only goal of the match.

4. Khama Billiat failing to take responsibility

Second half substitute, Billiat, could have ended the tie as a contest while one-on-one with Wayne Sandilands, but chose to pass the ball to Manyama and Pirates’s defence blocked it and a great opportunity was lost. Luckily for Chiefs (and Billiat), they hanged on to their lead to take maximum points.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

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