The Soweto Derby: A Zimbabwean History
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Of those 155 Soweto Derbies, 67 have been won by the Glamour Boys, while the Buccaneers have registered only 36 wins over the Absa Premiership defending champions.
Chiefs have put 206 goals past Pirates, 44 more than the Sea Robbers have scored (162) against them in all competitions in the last 45 years.
Captain Siphiwe Tshabalala has played more Soweto derby clashes (23) than any other player in the current Chiefs squad. Veteran defender Lucky Lekgwathi holds the record for Pirates with 22 Soweto derby appearances to his name.
Steve Komphela has faced the Buccaneers no fewer than 11 times as coach of Maritzburg United and Free State Stars. Of those games, the 48-year-old mentor won just two, drew two and lost seven.
As a player, despite playing for Chiefs before moving to Turkey in 1993, Komphela had not been involved in a Soweto Derby.
Chiefs and Pirates have met 10 times in all competitions since March 2012. The Parktown-based outfit won two of those games compared to Amakhosi’s three, while there have been five draws.
Lehlolonolo Majoro is the last player to have made a move from Chiefs to Pirates in 2014. Prior to his move to Mayfair, ‘Major’ had scored two Soweto derby goals. However, he hasn’t scored against Chiefs since leaving them for the men in black over a year ago.
It will be the first time that Pirates face Chiefs without current skipper Oupa Manyisa since February 26, 2011. The Mohlakeng-born midfielder is currently nursing an ankle injury.
Jerry Sikhosana is the only player to have scored a hat-trick in the Soweto Derby in the PSL era. His three strikes against Amakhosi came in November of 1996 as Pirates demolished their nemeses 4-1.
The late Ace Ntsoelengoe, who played for Chiefs, remains the all-time top goalscorer in the Soweto Derby with 19 strikes to his name. Jomo Sono, a former Pirates player, scored nine goals against Chiefs during his playing days.