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Is Orlando Pirates winger Vincent Pule the man to hurt Kaizer Chiefs again?

8:10 AM WAT 24/11/2018
Vincent Pule, Orlando Pirates, October 2018
There will be a lot at stake when the two heavyweights square off, but which player is most likely to step up a gear and inspire his side to victory?

The country is set to standstill when two Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates lock horns on Saturday afternoon.

The eagerly anticipated 2018 Telkom Knockout Cup semi-final clash will take place at the 2010 Fifa World Cup hosting venue, Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Millions of people across the world are expected to witness another mammoth game of football between South Africa's greatest football clubs.

A good performance on the day can earn the respect of the fans for the players, who know they must rise to the occasion in order to make the football worthy of the hype.

This will be the second Soweto Derby of the season with Pirates having edged out Chiefs 2-1 in a pulsating Premier Soccer League (PSL) encounter earlier this month. 

One of the players, who caught the eye on the day was a certain Vincent Pule, who has been one of the best players in the PSL this season.

The gifted attacking midfielder restored Bucs' lead just after the half-hour mark and his goal proved to the winning goal for an impressive Pirates side who showed mental strength to come back from a 1-0 deficit.

Pule has played a huge role when it comes to creating chances for the forwards and scoring goals in the absence of Luvuyo Memela, who was the team's talisman last season.

At the moment Pule has hit the back of the net five times and grabbed three assists in 14 club appearances across all competitions this season making him a vital player in the Pirates squad.

The 26-year-old player has proven his match-winning credentials with marvellous and eye-catching displays which propelled the Buccaneers to victories over Chippa United, Baroka, SuperSport United and Chiefs. 

His exploits have not gone unnoticed as he is now a regular member of South Africa senior national team Bafana Bafana and he deservedly scooped the Pirates' Player of the Month accolade for October 2018. 

His dynamic approach down the flanks and ability to finish in front of goal bodes well for Pirates which makes him dangerous for Chiefs defenders. 

The Amakhosi defence has come under scrutiny this season and it was largely to blame for the team's recent defeat to the Buccaneers.  

Pule, who has the ability to turn a match in a blink of an eye, will be looking to exploit a Chiefs' defence which has been chopped and changed by Italian coach Giovanni Solinas. 

Pule will surely jump at the chance to make the difference on the day and etch his name in the Soweto Derby history books.