Goal.com spoke with former Pirates midfielder Mkhalele who played in the Soweto derby between 1993 and 1997 before making his way to EuropeFormer Orlando Pirates winger Helman Mkhalele has told Goal.com that Saturday’s Soweto derby will not be the same, as there is plenty at stake.
Mkhalele believes that Pirates will seek to reclaim their lost pride, and that they need three points more than Kaizer Chiefs, even though the results won’t bring any major changes to the PSL log.
“This one is different from the first leg. Pirates haven’t been doing well and they will want to set the record straight, and again they are five points behind Chiefs. That is what makes this derby unique,” said Mkhalele.
The former Bafana winger, Mkhalele, who played 138 games for Pirates, understands the pressure that comes with wearing a Pirates jersey going into the Soweto derby.
“Players will have goose bumps, especially those of Pirates because they really need to win, but putting pressure on themselves will cost them the game, because they will make silly mistakes while trying to perfect,” said Mkhalele.
Mkhalele has warned those who believe that Chiefs will beat Pirates, just because Bucs drew with Bloem Celtic on Wednesday night. He said that the midweek result has got nothing to do with the Soweto derby.
“Chiefs won on Wednesday, but they were playing Chippa United. I cannot deny that they have done well so far, but a game before the derby has got nothing to do with the derby itself. So, fans shouldn’t easily say Chiefs will beat Pirates. Actually, I believe Pirates will bounce back against Chiefs,” added Mkhalele.