Ndlanya: Why Kaizer Chiefs' form won't matter against Orlando Pirates

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Goal caught up with the legendary South African striker, who stressed the importance of the Soweto Derby

Former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates striker Pollen Ndlanya insists that Amakhosi's current form will have no bearing on Saturday's Soweto Derby showdown.

The two giants of South African football will lock horns in a titanic Premier Soccer League (PSL) encounter at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

Chiefs are heading into this game oozing with confidence having won five of their last six league games with other match ending in a draw against Ajax Cape Town last weekend.

On the other hand, Pirates are currently enduring a nine-match winless run in the league and they have a new head coach in Kjell Jonevret, who has been in charge of only one game.

"For some Chiefs are the favourites because Pirates have been struggling, but current form won't matter on Saturday," Ndlanya told Goal.

"Even though, Pirates have a new coach and technical team, the players will be very motivated because they will be playing in the Soweto Derby," he continued.

"Just like Chiefs players, Pirates players will up their game on the day. Look, this is one of the most important games for any professional player," Ndlanya added.

The 46-year-old had two stints with Chiefs in the 90's. Following spells with Turkish clubs and AmaZulu, he joined Pirates in 2000 for a two-year stint.

Ndlanya, who won the league title with both Amakhosi and Bucs, pointed out the importance of the Soweto Derby for professional players.

"A good performance in this game can go on to earn you a call-up to the national team or even, a move to a European club," he stressed.

"This match is always unpredictable. But if I was to put my head on the block and make a prediction - I would say this one will end in a draw," Ndlanya concluded.

The last league meeting between Chiefs and Pirates ended in a goalless draw in Johannesburg four months ago.

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