There is some concern about Orlando Pirates co-coach Fadlu Davids heading to their DStv Premiership game against Kaizer Chiefs at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.
Davids was not happy with the lead in the team’s final meeting, in which Amakhosi went on to win 2-1 thanks to a late penalty scored by Kegan Dolly after the Buccaneers managed to equalize with just three left. minutes to go in regulation time.
The Pirates co-coach was not happy with the way Chiefs striker Khama Billiat won the penalty after the referee judged Olisa Ndah for a foul in the penalty area on the Zimbabwean, who called a defeat for his side in the previous meeting.
“I hope we can be really clear about penalty decisions tomorrow (Saturday), clear structure and decisions should be neutral on both sides. Yes, you are talking about the Billiat incident. But we know Billiat. He is a player who when you touch him, a little touch or contact in the box, he is already diving, Olympic trap (diving),” said the Pirates mentor.
“I hope the umpires are clear and know these things and know that any contact in and around the Pirates penalty area concedes another penalty. We know what’s coming, especially when it comes to Chiefs, and especially Billiat. We made it to the positive points from the last derby, which we conceded in the last minute, but if we come back like we did and dominate like we did, we’ll take those positives.”
Meanwhile, after winning the first derby of the season, Baxter knows exactly what to expect from their Soweto neighbors. The coach of Amakhosi shows that the derby is all about making it difficult for your opponents.
“If you look at Pirates through history, I think they have a certain style. Whatever players they have, they have a certain ethics that they uphold. I think Chiefs look the same in a different way, the coach comes in and execute the same strategy and tweak them. And when it comes to the derby, you look at your opponents and say, can we change something on the day to make it more unpleasant for our opponents? And we’re going to try that.” said the coach of Amakhosi.
“What we do know is that Pirates will play fast, they will mix their game, sometimes they will go behind you and sometimes they will play for you. They have fast players and it’s mostly a physical game because it’s a derby and the mental part is important.”
With Pirates (fourth on log) and Chiefs (third on log) at 32 points after playing 21 and 18 league games respectively, the battle will be for maximum points, with the winner in second place in the day’s standings stands.