Football fanatics will be treated to yet another Soweto Derby at the FNB Stadium, as Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates do battle again this afternoon (3.30pm).
The two sides met last weekend in the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout, which saw Amakhosi advance through to the semis after managing to beat the Buccaneers 4-2 on penalties at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban.
Pirates head into Saturday’s encounter with mounting pressure on coach Rhulani to collect maximum points, with his side a massive 12 points behind nemesis, Chiefs, who are top of the log with 25 points.
Chiefs are on song at the moment, winning 8 of their last 10 matches.
FARPost.co.za selects some key players for this clash.
‘Tower’ has been excellent in Chiefs’ defence this season and has contributed immensely for them to have kept five clean sheets in their last five matches. Not only is he capable of keeping the strikers at bay, but he has the energy to go up and down, which has seen him score two goals in 11 matches.
The former Cape Town City captain seems to have found his feet at Naturena and is enjoying his game, which has seen him bag a couple of Man of the Match awards this season. With three goals and two assists from 11 appearances, Manyama is showing the kind of form that won him the 2016/17 PSL Footballer of the Season accolade.
For those that have been following his game from his days at Ajax Cape Town, the forward always appear to step up his game against the Buccaneers. He’s no doubt a player you’d need to keep an eye on this afternoon.
The left back has the responsibility to cut out attacks from Billiat and Manyama, depending who’s having a go at him from Chiefs’ right wing. Maela will also have to help out in Pirates’ attack considering his overlapping runs from the left side. In a tight match – like the Derby has proven many times – it could be a cross that leads to a goal and Maela would have to be spot on from his deliveries.
In the centre of the park, it would be vital that he steps up his game. With the likes of Willard Katsande lurking from the opposition, Pirates would depend on the likes of Makaringe to fight their cause.
Lorch, who returns from suspension after sitting out their clash against Maritzburg United, may portray a different type of hunger when he makes a return. The 26-year-old has already been on the scoresheet against Amakhosi a couple of times and seems to enjoy having a go at them.
Who will claim the three points and bragging rights?
By Amahle Siphungu and Tiyani wa ka Mabasa