Soweto derby Kaizer Chiefs

The 177th Soweto derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. Photo: Twitter @KaizerChiefs

Chiefs broke this 53-year-old record victory against Pirates

It wasn’t just bragging rights that went the way of Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday, but their win over Pirates handed them a remarkable record.

Soweto derby Kaizer Chiefs

The 177th Soweto derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. Photo: Twitter @KaizerChiefs

The 2022/23 Kaizer Chiefs vintage wrote themselves into Amakhosi folklore at FNB stadium on Saturday afternoon by earning the club its fifth straight victory over perennial rivals, Orlando Pirates, a feat never before achieved in 53 years of illustrious history.

A calamitous 89th minute own goal from Olisah Ndah settled a tetchy encounter to give the large contingent of Chiefs fans among the 78000 spectators another dose of bragging rights over their Buccaneer-loving counterparts, who could scarcely believe what they had just witnessed.

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Coach Arthur Zwane welcomed the important win, and despite a slow start, he was pleased with the way his team grew into the game.

“It was important to get the three points today,” he said afterwards. “I feel we gave them too much respect in the first 15 minutes. We played in patches. We set pressing traps for them in the middle but when we won the ball we didn’t do enough with it. We were too loose with the ball. We did well in transition and created a few chances, Like when Saile was clean through on goal. He was very forceful during the game.“

“Defensively, I was very happy. With Dove back we did not allow any space in front or behind. He was missing last week and I believe he would have made the difference, like today,” he added.

Explaining his response to the red card, which saw Pirates captain Innocent Maela sent off, Zwane offered: “With a man advantage I took off a defender (Hlanti) and put on Happy (Mashiane) and (Kgaogelo) Sekgota to go for the winner.”


Chiefs XI: Petersen (1); Hlanti (23) (Mashiane (19) 86’), Dove (2), Ngezana (30), Kwinika (4), Maart (8), Sithebe (6)(Bimenyimana (28) 76’), Shabalala (42), Dolly © (10)(Sekgota (14) 68’), Du Preez (9), Saile Basomboli (21)

Subs: Khune (32); Nj Ngcobo (27), Dube (29), Nange (24), Zwane (37), Duba (36)

Coach: Arthur Zwane

Pirates XI: Chaine (34), Sibisi (5), Xoki (27), Maela (23), Pule (45) (Monyane (2) 79’), Mako (29), Timm (4) (Makhaula (36) 86’), Ndlondlo (15) (Motshwari (6) 64’), Saleng (14), Lorch (3) (Ndah (49) 64’), Dzvukamanja (37) (Hotto (7) 79’)

Subs: Mpontshane (40), Marou (32), Dlamini (18), Erasmus (95)

Coach: Mandla Ncikazi (Jose Riveiro suspened)


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