Sikhosana: My fear is that the Ngezana is going to mark Gabuza out of the Soweto Derby

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Nicknamed Legs of Thunder, Sikhosana was a prolific marksman for the Buccaneers during his playing days

Legendary Orlando Pirates striker Jerry Sikhosana says he doesn't see his former side breaking down the Kaizer Chiefs defence in the Soweto Derby at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

"The striking department at Pirates is so poor. [Thamsanqa] Gabuza might get one, but you need a prolific goal-scorer and someone you can always rely on when the chips are down," Sikhosana told The Sowetan.

Chiefs striker Bernard Parker inspired Amakhosi to a 2-1 win over Mamelodi Sundowns in a PSL match when he scored a late goal on Tuesday.

While Pirates drew 1-1 with struggling Platinum Stars in a league game at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday with Thabo Matlaba scoring for Bucs. Sikhosana believes that Chiefs are better equipped in their attack. 

"I mean, this is where Chiefs look good. They can call on Bernard Parker and you will never know if Gustavo Paez will be back [from injury]," he continued.

"With Pirates, you only have Gabuza and he's not prolific, but he does make others play around him. My fear is that the young [Siyabonga] Ngezana is going to mark him out of the game.

The retired striker predicted that Saturday's PSL clash will end in a draw with the last 10 league derbies have produced seven draws.

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"I don't expect much [from the derby], really. It's going to be the same old story where we see both teams play to a draw," he said.

Sikhosana remains the last player to score a hat-trick in the Soweto Derby. He netted three goals in Pirates' 4-1 win over Chiefs in November 1996. 

"Yeses, it's been such a long time," he concluded.

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