By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
ANOTHER Soweto derby is looming after both Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates won their MTN 8’s first
leg matches away to Platinum Stars and BidVest Wits respectively over this past weekend.
Chiefs ejected Platinum Stars away at the royal Bafokeng Stadium in Phokeng, Rustenburg on Saturday
night, beating them 2-0 in a match that gave them an advantage of away goals which means Stars will
need to pull themselves and score three goals without a reply from the mighty Amakhosi in the second
leg match billed for this coming Saturday at the FNB Stadium this coming Sunday.
George Maluleka was the hero of the day in this match after scoring both the goals, first in the 51st
minute before he could complete his brace at the stroke of time. Ironically the same Maluleka was in the
club fans’ bad books few weeks ago after he missed two penalties that cost Chiefs the pre-season Carling
Black Label Cup title.
For Pirates on the other hand it was more than victory when they brushed aside Wits with a 2-0 drubbing
in another first leg semi-final match played at the BidVest Stadium last Sunday. The match came as a
relieve for head coach, Vladimir Vermezovic after the former Chiefs mentor started the league campaign
on a poor note, losing 2-1 at home to Moroka Swallows in the opening match before they could settled for
a 2-2 draw away to with Bloemfontein Celtic.
Siyabonga Sangweni and Thabo Matlaba saved the day for both the club and their coach’ skin after they
rattled the net in the 56th and 73rd minutes respectively to see the Sea Robbers one step closer to
qualifying to the final match of this competition dubbed Wafa Wafa.
The second leg matches of the competition is taking place this weekend with Pirates taking on Wits at
Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening at Orlando Stadium before Chiefs could welcome Dikwena on
Sunday afternoon at the FNB Stadium.