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Pirates and Chiefs fans will be singing this song, which translates as (each of) the teams being victorious on Saturday, writes Ernest Makhaya at the scene in Soweto

On Saturday the two Soweto giants will once again battle for bragging rights, this time to place one foot in the final of the MTN 8.

Just under seven days ago, South African football fans were singing the same song, first at the Moses Mabhida Stadium and later at the FNB Stadium. It was a week of football dedicated to former president Dr. Nelson Mandela.

Now, two armies, the Sea Robbers and the AmaKhosi cross swords to decide who will rule the country. The previous Soweto Derby result is always what the fans talk about in every street, regardless of who won the last game, the fans of the two giants will always have something to say.

It was a month ago when Chiefs beat Pirates with a controversial goal in the Black Label Cup, but it is still the most talked about goal amongst the fans even today. That makes Saturday’s encounter even more fascinating.

Revenge is the word used by most Pirates supporters when talking to Chiefs fans, and with bragging rights and pride at stake in every Soweto Derby, none of these fans want to be on the losing side.

Both supporters have been chanting the same song with different lyrics though; Pirates fans singing “iBhaka-Bhaka liyaphumelela” while Chiefs fans sing “AmaKhosi ayaphumelela”. 

One thing for sure is that the majority of Pirates fans are still bitter that Chiefs have been lifting trophies in front of their eyes, and nothing less than a win will eliminate the bitterness.

But the truth remains that Pirates have endured a terrible domestic run, with their previous win coming against relegated Black Leopards last season. Even though the Sea Robbers have done well in the Caf Champions League so far, they often failed to replicate the same form in the PSL.

Some blame Roger de Sa’s tactics for this, but others believe the players are more responsible for the team’s poor run when playing the PSL games.

Nonetheless, great anticipation and hype have not died, because Derby games can be very unpredictable, and as experts say “A team given the underdog tag often goes on to win the game." However the question is: Who are the underdogs?

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