Steve Lekoelea: Why Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs will play to dull draw on Saturday

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Goal spoke to the Sebokeng-born legend, who made 182 appearances and scored 32 goals for the Buccaneers

Legendary Orlando Pirates midfielder Steve 'Chippa' Lekoelea has predicted a draw for Saturday's Soweto Derby.

The two giants of South African football will lock horns in a highly anticipated Premier Soccer League (PSL) match which is scheduled to be played at the iconic FNB Stadium.

Bucs, are heading into the titanic encounter in blistering form having recorded three consecutive victories in all competitions - netting eight goals in the process.

On the other hand, Chiefs are enjoying a 10-match unbeaten run in all competitions having registered six wins and four draws - keeping seven clean sheets in the process.

However, Lekoelea strongly believes that this weekend's game will end in a boring draw because Chiefs coach Steve Komphela and his counterpart, Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic will both adopt a defensive approach.

"Well, I foresee another draw. It will be a dull draw because you won't see the Pirates team that has been doing well recently," Lekoelea told Goal.

"I expect both coaches be very cautious and they will adopt a defensive approach. The two teams will sit back and play passively, and hope for an error," he continued.

Pirates and Chiefs are placed second and third respectively on the league standings, and they are only a point apart. Bucs are four points behind log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns with eight games.

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"I am saying this because the two teams are still in the race for the PSL title. So, they cannot afford to risk everything. If you lose then your hopes of winning the title will take a knock. So, a draw will keep the heat on," the retired winger added.

Komphela is yet to win an official Soweto Derby match since he was appointed Chiefs coach in 2015 and he is under pressure to deliver silverware at Naturena after failing to win a trophy in the past two seasons.

Micho has managed to stabilize the Bucs ship with the team having endured a disastrous 2016/17 season. The Serbian tactician, who was appointed Pirates coach last August, is hoping to guide to a top eight finish this season.

"The coaches are also under pressure. Jobs will be on the line. This means the players won't be free to express themselves on the pitch. They have to follow the coaches' instructions and make sure they do not lose the ball in dangerous areas," Lekoelea, who dazzled the fans with his silky skills in the Soweto Derby matches, explained.

"The two teams can play each other 10 times and the outcome will be the same. They will play to a draw 10 times which is sad because thousands of fans come to the stadium for entertainment. The players should be free to express themselves and entertain the fans," he concluded.

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