Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
2 minute read
29 Jan 2016
2:57 pm

Komphela – Let the people celebrate Soweto derbies

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Steve Komphela says Soweto derbies between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates are for the people and must be celebrated.

Steve Komphela says the Nedbank Cup fixture between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates is for the people and must be celebrated as the teams will be meeting for the fourth time this season.

“It is exciting,” said the Chiefs coach.

“Yes, Orlando Pirates and Chiefs meet in the last 32. When I drove to the press conference during the day, at the back of my mind I was saying to myself, it shouldn’t be that we draw Pirates, and there it is it happened. But possibilities will be there, what you do with it? Let people enjoy the moment. It is a great occasion, you hardly come across matches were Chiefs and Pirates play on a daily basis, let people enjoy it.”

Chiefs and Pirates meet each other for the third time tomorrow at the FNB Stadium, and both Komphela and Eric Tinkler are under a massive pressure to do well for their respective teams.

The Chiefs coach acknowledges that the ties won’t be easy for them, but they will just have to take the games as they come.

“It is historic, for us as coaches and for the players. And I’m saying at the back of history being written, we must make it a point that when we look back we will be proud and be happy that we went through this with lots of dignity, it is not going to be easy. I don’t know where Eric and I will be at the end of all these matches. But we are saying the event must take place, people must celebrate and enjoy the game and we just have to dish it out for them.”

The Buccaneers have the bragging rights of winning 3-1 in the first round league clash against Amakhosi, but the Glamour Boys were able to avenge themselves in a league Cup match, winning 6-5 on penalties following a goalless draw.

The Cup competition will commence on the first week of March.