One of the biggest townships in South Africa, Soweto, will be divided into two this weekend as the Soweto derby takes the centre stage.
Fierce rivals, Orlando Pirates will face off against Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday afternoon at the iconic 2010 Fifa World Cup venue, FNB Stadium.
Ahead of the clash, coach Milutin Sredojevic’s men registered a 4-2 win over Chippa United on Sunday in a Premier Soccer League match, whilst Steve Komphela’s troops drew 0-0 at home to Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday night.
As the build-up to this massive clash on the South African PSL calendar, Goal. spoke to ex-Chiefs player Patrick Mayo.
The Port Elizabeth-born player said he foresees at thriller, but was quick to warn the Glamour Boys of the threat posed by the Ghost.
“I expect a very difficult game on Saturday because Pirates are on top form and I am scared, but anything can happen,” Mayo told Goal.
“Chiefs will need to do well on this match because of the results from the past weekend against Celtic," he continued.
“Although in such games a team that rises to the occasion is capable of winning the match, the fact remains that in football, you’re as good as your last match,” noted Mayo.
Speaking about his former side, Mayo added that Chiefs will need to fix their defence and ensure they bottle up Pirates’ attackers.
The 1995 African champions have netted eight goals in their previous three matches, whilst the Naturena-based outfit has managed four goals from as many games.
Mayo believes a strong central defence pairing will be the solution for Komphela’s ambitions to come out with something out of the encounter.
“They have a number of players upfront who can cause troubles for us, the defence has to be in fine form on the day,” added the former Mthatha Bush Bucks player.
“It doesn’t matter who Pirates play on the day, they have (Justin) Shonga, (Bernard) Morrison and (Luvuyo) Memela - I think our centre backs must be on point on the day," he stressed.
“However, I also believe (Itumleng) Khune will be on form and come to the rescue once again, he has a big match temperament, but a keeper can defend up to a certain extent until he concedes," Mayo said.
“Look, many will give Pirates the full three points and I think a draw will be a good result for Chiefs based on the result at home against Celtic and how Pirates is already seen as favourites," he continued.
“On the other hand, a win for both sides will add spice in the race and that will be interesting as the big three will be chasing for the title,” concluded the 44-year-old.