The latest edition of South Africa’s fiercest rivalry, the Soweto Derby, was a hotly contested affair. Struggling Kaizer Chiefs had to make their short trip across town to the empty Orlando stadium, where they met their fiercest rivals, Orlando Pirates. Gavin Hunt’s Amakhosi had some pride to play for, as well as a spot higher up on the DSTV Premiership table.
Lebogang Manyama had the first real chance of the game, 20-minutes into the contest, but wasted his chance to put the visitors ahead. Pirates keeper, Richard Ofori, saved the initial shot, before Manyama scuffed his second attempt and sent it wide of the post. The opening stages of the game were dominated by the Chiefs, but they were wasteful when opportunities came. Serbian striker, Samir Nurković came close to handing his side the advantage with a volley that barely missed the target.
With tensions high and Amakhosi dominating, Pirates got a rare opportunity. Thembinkosi Lorch was handed the ball from a stray Reeve Frosler clearance, a chance he was not going to spurn as he slotted home to give the home side the advantage in the 38th minute. The 1-0 lead stood until half-time, as the away team rued their missed chances early on.
The second half started in a similar fashion as the first, with the away team on the front foot. Happy Mashiane was brought down in the Buccaneers box, with Ben Motshwari at fault. Nurković was tasked with levelling the scores, but had his shot blocked by Ofori. Siyabonga Ngezana had the opportunity to put away the rebound, but failed to do so.
Dean Hotto made way for Siphesihle Ndlovu, who scored the home side’s second goal on the 80th minute to all but secure the win and bragging rights over their local rivals. Five minutes from time, Daniel Cardoso made things slightly uncomfortable when he pulled a goal back for Kaizer Chiefs, but it was already too late. Pirates had made their rivals pay for their mistakes and missed chances to claim this year’s first Soweto Derby.