By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, Cameroon
It’s derby day in Soweto, the rainbow nation is divided as it’s game day for arguably the most contested derby in Africa.
It’s the game that divides families, friends and even lovers at least for the 90 minutes of the game, the stakes for bragging rights are sky high.
Orlando Pirates take-on Kaizer Chiefs in quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout.
Pirates are the most successful team in the competition with 13 titles against one for Pirates, but it’s been nine long years since they lastly lifted the trophy.
This will be their fifth meeting in the Telkom Knockout with Chiefs leading with three wins against one.
One man who has played the derby over and over again is former Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi. Though Happy Jele holds the record of the most appearances in the derby, Lekgwathi played a whooping 22 games in the great derby.
He has come out to reassure Pirates fans at a time when the team is struggling to hit top gear.
“I’ve played many derbies and I can tell you now, you will see a difference Orlando Pirates because Dr Irvin Khoza will speak to coach Rhulani Mokwena,” Lekgwathi told kickoff.com.
“Soweto derby is one match where I know the chairman gets involved, to make sure every player is ready and delivers on the day. This is a match of Chairmen, it’s bigger than anyone on the pitch.
43-year-old Lekgwathi played for Pirates from 2002 to 2014 after joining them from Ria Stars. He is now a Telkom Knockout Ambassador.
In their previous 75 meetings in the derby that was first played on January 24, 1970, in all competitions, Chief’s lead with 30 wins against 21 for Pirates with the other 24 ending in draws.
The last time Chief best Pirates in a competitive fixture was in 2014.
A sell out crowd will watch South Africa’s most loved game today at the Moses Mabhida.
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