1. Lebogang Manyama, Kaizer Chiefs & Andile Jali, Mamelodi Sundowns, October 2020

    Players keen to rise to the occasion in Gauteng Derby

    The game between Sundowns and Chiefs is among the biggest fixtures in the South African football calendar and it is a must-win for fans and players alike, but there will be players who will be even more motivated.

    Goal selected five players with a point to prove in the clash between the two Gauteng giants: 

  2. Pavol Safranko, Mamelodi Sundowns, August 2021

    Pavol Safranko

    The Slovakia international already has his critics as they doubt his ability to lead the Sundowns attack and score goals regularly despite having scored against Golden Arrows in an MTN8 clash last month after coming on as a substitute.

    Safranko could be rewarded with a starting berth when Masandawana take on the Glamour Boys and a goal or two in the Gauteng Derby encounter would go all way in silencing the 26-year-old's critics. 

  3. Bruce Bvuma Kaizer Chiefs

    Bruce Bvuma

    The Bafana Bafana international is expected to lose his place in starting line-up at some point this season once recently re-appointed club captain Itumeleng Khune is deemed ready to start by coach Stuart Baxter. 

    Bvuma, 26, is coming into this clash having keep a clean sheet against Baroka FC last month and he will be keen to show he is ready to be Amakhosi's first-choice goalkeeper. It is in the big games when players show their class.

  4. Kermit Erasmus, Mamelodi Sundowns, November 2020

    Kermit Erasmus

    The arrival of Thabiso Kutumela and Safranko at Sundowns has pushed Erasmus further the pecking order in the Tshwane giants' striking department, but he did get a rare start against Arrows.

    This is the perfect fixture for the 31-year-old to prove that he remains among the top strikers in the country and he loves scoring against Chiefs having hit the back of the net six times against the Soweto giants in his career.

  5. Samir Nurkovic of Kaizer Chiefs, August 2021

    Samir Nurkovic

    The Serbian marksman has looked a shadow of his former self thus far this season as he struggles to replicate the form which saw him being nominated for the PSL Footballer of the Season in his first campaign with Chiefs.

    The man nicknamed Kokota Piano will be eager to get on the scoresheet and prove to Baxter that he should remain Chiefs' first-choice striker as the Soweto giants look to end their trophy drought this term.

  6. Andile Jali, Mamelodi Sundowns, November 2020

    Andile Jali

    Once considered to be one of South Africa's best central midfielders, Jali has fallen down the pecking order in Sundowns' midfield with Rivaldo Coetzee, Mothobi Mvala, and Haashim Domingo preferred ahead of him.

    Despite having started against Arrows, Jali has not nailed down his place in Masandawana's starting XI and if he gets his chance against Chiefs, the 31-year-old simply has to grab it with both hands.