Bay fans all set for the big derby


NELSON Mandela Bay soccer lovers are divided heading into tomorrow’s Absa Premier League derby between Soweto giants Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium (3.30pm).

The banter started early in the week as fans shared their views of tomorrow’s big game.

Buccaneers supporter Portia Manyathela, of KwaMagxaki, is pretty sure her side will be victorious. “I am positive that Pirates will win 2-1 tomorrow against Chiefs. Their performance this year has improved. My boys are in shape and their recent 3-1 win against Polokwane City has shown that.”

Meanwhile, another Pirates supporter, Masibulele Kwakweni, of Njoli Motors, smells a draw.

“Both teams are in form. Chiefs won 1-0 in the first round. They will be looking to maintain their winning form. Pirates will be out for revenge.

Amakhosi fans disagree, saying there is no way Pirates will beat Chiefs.

Chiefs supporter Thembani Velebhayi, of Fernglen, says his team will be looking to collect points, so this game will be no different from previous matches.

“Chiefs needs to maintain their distance, as Sundowns and Ajax are close on their heels. To do so, they need to win all their games.

“I want to see sparks fly on Saturday. FNB must be a battlefield.

“Amakhosi, though, will walk away as winners, we all know that. Their position on the log says it all,” KwaDwesi resident Noloyiso Bonga said.

The supporters may not all agree on the outcome of the game, but they do agree that the fireworks of old in the derby are gone.

The match will be televised live on SuperSport4 and SABC1.

-Vuyokazi Nkanjeni 

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