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Ranking Soweto Derby & Africa's five biggest derbies

7:48 PM WAT 19/03/2021
Thabang Monare, Orlando Pirates & Bernard Parker, Kaizer Chiefs, November 2020
Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates will meet on Sunday in a massive encounter that has got tongues wagging in South Africa and neighbouring countries

  • Nkosingiphile Ngcobo of Kaizer Chiefs challenges Fortune Makaringe of Orlando Pirates

    Africa biggest derby rivalries

    Kaizer Chiefs are set to host their Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates at the iconic FNB Stadium this weekend, with no other match in South African football given as much importance as the derby.

    However, how does this fixture compare with the biggest derby matches across Africa?

    Here are Goal's top five...

  • Ali Gabr of Zamalek & Amr Gamal of Al-Ahly

    Cairo Derby

    The Cairo Derby is one of the most exciting derbies in the world of football and some consider it to be the biggest on the African continent.

    It features arguably the biggest football club in Africa, Al Ahly and their city rival Zamalek and both teams have been named by Caf as the best clubs of the 20th century respectively due to their incredible success in continental competitions.

    Matches between the two giants have led to so much violence among fans in the past that games had to be played behind closed doors even before the current coronavirus pandemic.

  • Nkosingiphile Ngcobo of Kaizer Chiefs challenges Fortune Makaringe of Orlando Pirates

    Soweto Derby

    Considered to be one of the most fiercely contested matches in African football, the Soweto Derby features two clubs from the biggest township in South Africa, Soweto.

    The rivalry between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates stems from the fact that the former were formed in 1970 by Kaizer Motaung, who is a former Bucs player.

    Under Motaung's leadership, Amakhosi have become the most decorated football club in the country and they are also the most supported club in southern Africa.

    So this derby gives Pirates, who were established in 1937, the chance to outshine their more popular rival. 

  • Raja Vs Wydad Casablanca Morocco

    Casablanca Derby

    This titanic match is an intense rivalry between two powerhouses of Moroccan football, Raja Casablanca and Wydad Casablanca. 

    It is known for producing an amazing, but yet terrifying atmosphere inside the Stade Mohamed V which usually hosts one of the biggest fixtures in Northern African football.

    Although Wydad are the most dedicated Moroccan club with a record 20 Botola League titles, Raja, who have 12 trophies, have claimed 41 wins compared to their rivals' 36 in their head-to-head record since their first-ever competitive game in 1956.

  • Esperance supporters Caf CL Final 2019

    Tunis Derby

    This derby is played between the two most notable clubs in Tunisia, Club Africain and Esperance de Tunis, and it is the fiercest rivalry in country.

    It is regarded as a clash between the lower class Esperance, who are the most successful football club in Tunisia and the upper class, Club Africain.

    Furthermore, Tunis Derby has been compared to one of the biggest football derbies in the world, the Milan Derby, as Esperance and Africain play their home games in the same stadium, the Stade Olympique de Rades. 

  • Clatous Chama of Simba SC vs Yanga SC.

    Dar Es Salaam Derby

    Widely regarded as the biggest football derby in East Africa, the Kariakoo Derby is a match between Tanzania's top clubs and most supported teams in the country, Simba SC and Young Africans.

    Also known as Yanga, Young Africans have won a record 22 Tanzanian Premier League titles, but Simba have the upper hand in the regional tournament, Cecafa Inter-Club Cup, having won the most trophies (six).

    Both clubs enjoy large support from millions of fans from neighbouring countries - Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and Sudan - and they have travelled to Dar Es Salaam to get a taste of what the derby can serve over the years.