With Mamelodi Sundowns currently dominating the DStv Premiership, many will feel that the Soweto derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates has gone off the radar.
But according to Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter, that’s not the case when you look back at where the two clubs come from.
The Brazilians currently top the table with a staggering 51 points from 22 games, while Amakhosi and Bucs are in third and fourth place, tied at 32 points, with the gap between the Pretoria side and the two Soweto sides a huge 19. is as we approach the end of the season.
With that in mind and Chiefs and Bucs set to clash for their second meeting this season at Orlando Stadium on Saturday, Baxter says the game between the two South African football giants is not just about three points, but goes further.
“Someone said to me that the derby might be a bit less because Sundowns is at the top of the rankings, but I won’t accept that. Because if you ask our supporters, if you ask Pirates supporters, the sponsors. If you ask someone “It’s not about bragging rights or three points. Its history, its prestige and makes it much more special than a normal game,” explains Baxter.
For that reason, Baxter goes on to reveal that this is why he and his accusers have worked so hard on training to ensure they finish on the winning side that day.
“So we worked really hard on all those aspects. And as we get closer to the game, the focus is on being able to come to the game in the right frame of mind so we can deliver a good performance.”