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The Kaizer Chiefs team before taking on Cape Town City FC in the DStv Premiership. Image: Backpage

Pirates’ ex skipper claims Kaizer Chiefs disadvantage in Soweto derby

A former Orlando Pirates footballer feels Bucs have a Soweto derby advantage: Kaizer Chiefs did not play any PSL football in the week.

Kaizer Chiefs

The Kaizer Chiefs team before taking on Cape Town City FC in the DStv Premiership. Image: Backpage

Kaizer Chiefs will surely brush this off because there is nothing they can do. Meanwhile, Willem Jackson, a former Bucs player, says not playing midweek before the derby can be tricky.

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According to the former central defender cum midfielder, it is rather crucial to catch some PSL action in the week before the derby.

Following concerns that Pirates players might be tired, Jackson believes there is no such thing, instead, it is training and mental preparation.

“People might say the boys are tired, but it’s an hour and a half of play, So it’s part of training, you preparing yourself for the weekend,” he said via Kick Off.

“Playing midweek is a good thing for Pirates players, it keeps them in camp together.

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“Coming to Chiefs, it’s also good for them to have a rest, but you know it’s important to play games.

“Pirates are going to be in a good frame of mind because they are playing today [Wednesday], being in camp prepares them well for the Soweto derby, I think for me they have an advantage for this game.

“My money will go to Pirates, this thing of Chiefs not playing… I know they will watch the game tomorrow but they are not together, Pirates players are together, on Thursday they will regenerate, on Friday they will have a light training session, and then they are ready for the game,” he concluded.


In other news, Orlando Pirates’ former star Mbulelo Mabizela has scored a new coaching gig in Gauteng.

It’s impossible to find an Orlando Pirates fan who was not endeared to Mbulelo ‘Old John’ Mabizela. Will he be loved as a coach?

According to fresh reports, a club named Talitha Soccer Academy, from Boksburg, has appointed the Pietermaritzburg-born legend as their new coach.

While the division in which the Talitha will compete is yet to be confirmed, Mabizela will oversee the academy and first-team football. Read the full story here.

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