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A double dose of Soweto derby

JOBURG - Another Soweto derby, hot on the heels of the Carling Black Label Cup, is coming following the MTN 8 draw which saw the Soweto giants, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs drawn together.

Fans of the beautiful game, especially supporters of Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, have been blessed with yet another Soweto derby. Clashes between the two giants are ranked among one of the biggest football matches in the world.

This derby comes hot on the heels of an off-season Carling Black Label Cup derby on 27 July in which Chiefs came out smoking after defeating their Soweto rivals to bag the Cup for the first time in its 3rd edition. The sea robbers won the Cup in its inaugural tournament of 2011 and successfully defended it the following year.

This time they meet in the semi-finals of the MTN8 trophy in a two-legged match at the FNB Stadium, with the first leg scheduled for 21 August and then a week later, they meet in the second leg. Chiefs will be at home in the first while the second belongs to Pirates, still at the same stadium. And there has to be one winner.

The other semi-final will see Bidvest Wits hosts the rising star of the North West province in the form of Platinum Stars. Platinum Stars will be first at home in Royal Bafokeng Stadium and the second leg at the Milpark Stadium, the home of the students.

Pirates and Chiefs fans have already set the tongues wagging, claiming that the semi-final matches will sort the men from the boys while others have already put their monies on the table for a winner.


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