Benni the heartbreaker, Khenyeza's stunner: Remembering five iconic Soweto Derbies

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  1. Bernard Parker of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Vincent Pule of Orlando Pirates.
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    Which are the top five Soweto Derby matches in the PSL era?

    The two local giants are set to go head to head in the latest edition of the Soweto Derby when they battle it out in the Carling Black Label Cup on Sunday.

    Goal remembers five iconic Soweto Derbies: 

  2. Dennis Lota
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    Courageous Pirates

    Chiefs took the lead twice courtesy of a brace from a pacey and fearless Siyabonga Nomvethe, who was arguably in the form of his life for Amakhosi during the 1999-2000 campaign which saw him being named PSL Player of the Season.

    However, Pirates showed character as they equalised twice with speedy strikers Dennis Lota and Phumlani Mkhize scoring to ensure that the entertaining PSL match ended in a 2-2 draw at FNB Stadium. 

  3. Lesley Manyathela Gary Goldstone Cyril Nzama - Chiefs vs Pirates
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    Slow Poison bits Amakhosi

    Pirates claimed one of their biggest victories over their rivals in the PSL era with the late Lesley Manyathela and Benedict Vilakazi being the catalysts during the 2001/02 season.

    Manyathela, who was tormenting the Chiefs defence with his dangerous runs, grabbed a well-deserved brace, before Vilakazi sealed Pirates' 3-0 win after he made one of his trademark late runs into the opposition's box. 

  4. Mabhuti Khenyeza - Kaizer Chiefs
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    Khenyeza stuns Bucs

    Mabhuti Khenyeza stunned Pirates when he scored the fastest goal in the Soweto Derby to date with the hard-running marksman scoring after just 19 seconds of play in the 2007/08 season.

    However, Pirates fought back and scored twice through Excellent Walaza to take the lead and the Buccaneers looked destined to win the match until Arthur Zwane grabbed a late goal to ensure that the game ended in a 2-2 draw,

  5. Benni McCarthy
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    Benni breaks Chiefs hearts

    Benni McCarthy endeared himself to the Pirates fans in the 2011/12 season by scoring twice against their biggest rivals as the bulky centre-forward silenced his critics, who had doubted his ability due to his weight issues. 

    Andile Jali netted Bucs' other goal as the Buccaneers took a 3-0 lead, before Chiefs fought back and scored through Siphiwe Tshabalala and Lehlohonolo Majoro, but those goals proved to be a consolation as Pirates held on to win 3-2.

  6. Daniel Cardoso and Thembinkosi Lorch Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs
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    Chiefs edge five-goal thriller

    This remains one of the highest-scoring Soweto Derby matches in recent years and it took a late Daniel Cardoso goal to decide the five-goal encounter during the 2019/20 season.

    Amakhosi took a 2-0 lead through Ntsikelelo Nyauza (own-goal) and Leonardo Castro, before Vincent Pule and Frank Mhango scored to level matters for Pirates, but Cardoso had other ideas as converted a late penalty to seal Chiefs' 3-2 win.