Benni McCarthy Orlando Pirates Soweto Derby

Benni in a Buccaneers jersey. Image: SoccerLaduma

Remember when Benni McCarthy decided the Soweto Derby for Orlando Pirates?

2012 was Benni’s year in the Derby.

Benni McCarthy Orlando Pirates Soweto Derby

Benni in a Buccaneers jersey. Image: SoccerLaduma

The Soweto Derby is fast approaching. Matches between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs often deliver the goods and so it proved in 2012 when Bafana Bafana icon Benni McCarthy came up trumps.

Benni’s brace vanquished Kaizer Chiefs

On March 17th 2012, Pirates landed a key blow on their arch-rivals with a 3-2 win. Sandwiched between Benni McCarthy’s double was a tap-in from Andile Jali on a day when several superstar central midfielders were on show. Oupa Manyisa was there, and so were the Amakhosi duo Yeye Letsholonyane and Siphiwe Tshabalala.

The Sea Robbers went on to clinch the DStv Premiership crown that season. Indeed, it’s their most recent title win.

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Orlando Pirates fans are expectant on Soweto Derby Day. Image: BackpagePix


19-year-old Wandile Duba bagged his first goal for Amakhosi on his full senior debut to give them three precious points against Golden Arrows on Tuesday night. Orlando Pirates face Cape Town Spurs on Wednesday before their much-anticipated meeting with Chiefs on Saturday. Duba was substituted with an apparent ankle knock but the teenager says he’s fit and firing. He’s also sounded a warning to the Buccaneers:

“It’s not something that you can worry about. I think the physios will do something but I’ll be ok for the derby,” he told SuperSport TV.

“They should expect me because I’m coming.”

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Teenager Wandile Duba bags his first senior goal for Amakhosi. Image: iDiski Times.

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