Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates have promised to offer an open game when the two Soweto giants square up in the MTN8 Cup semifinal on Saturday.
This is according to Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Lucky Lekgwathi and Daine Klate, who represented the two clubs during the pre-fixture media conference today.
Amakhosi and the Buccaneers will face off in the first leg of the R8 million winner-takes-all competition at FNB Stadium.
The game kicks off at 3pm.
Letsholonyane said: “We don’t get tired of playing in the Soweto derby. The fans want to see goals because they spend their last cent to watch the derby. “They want to see goals. We’re doing our best to give back to our fans in terms of playing good football and get the goals.”
Pirates captain Lekgwathi said his side had still not healed from the recent 1-0 defeat against Chiefs, even describing the Lehlohonolo Majoro decider last month as a “clear offside goal”.
Said Lekgwathi: “We’ll redeem ourselves with this one and make our supporters happy after we finished last season without a trophy.”
Midfielder Daine Klate said: “We are hoping to play an open game. But remember, football has changed tactically and each team will make it difficult for another to open up the defence and score.”
Klate boldly predicted Pirates would unleash a repeat of the 4-1 scoreline they handed Zamalek during their CAF Champions League match last Saturday.
Letsholonyane, on the other hand, declared that Chiefs would clinch it by a 1-0 margin.
While Amakhosi have an injury-free build-up to the game, Bucs will be without midfield anchor Thandani Ntshumayelo and striker Collins Mbesuma owing to injuries.
The good news for the Pirates faithful will be the return to action of defender Siyabonga Sangweni who is yet to kick a ball this season.
The Bafana defender missed the better part of the second round last season because of a knee injury.
The away goal rule will apply in this encounter and Chiefs are the hosts of this leg with the return match pencilled in for September 24.
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