Kaizer Chiefs Wins Soweto Derby
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Kaizer Chiefs took the Soweto derby bragging rights after beating traditional rivals Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium on Sunday afternoon. A lone strike from Samir Nurkovic proved to be the determining factor after the Serb beat goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane with an overhead kick in the 54th minute.

Nukorvic had worked all afternoon and had a busy day at work with Bucs defender Thulani Hlatshwayo. Hlatshwayo had been policing the striker for a long time. But all it took was a brief lapse in concentration for the striker to punish Pirates.

The Chiefs put in a lot of effort to win. And coach Gavin Hunt will be relieved that he finally has something to smile about after a string of bad luck in recent weeks.

Modise identifies where Kaizer Chiefs got the upper-hand

The win on Sunday moved the Glamour Boys up to ninth spot on the table on 23 points. This is three points behind both TS Galaxy and Cape Town City. Teko Modise, a former Bafana Bafana midfielder, praised Kaizer Chiefs’ ability to contain Orlando Pirates’ attacking threat in the Soweto derby on Sunday.

Kaizer Chiefs Wins Soweto Derby
Kaizer Chiefs

Pirates had looked fluid in attack before the game.  Players like Deon Hotto, Vincent Pule, Linda Mntambo, Fortune Makaringe, and Kabelo Dlamini successfully linking up.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs had only won one of their previous 11 games in all competitions. And they were concerned about losing to their old rivals for the fourth time this season.

Amakhosi, on the other hand, worked hard to close down spaces and won 1-0. Thanks to Samir Nurkovic’s 54th-minute overhead kick.

“You are coming into this game, you have got players who are on form,” Modise, the former Bafana and Pirates midfielder said in the post-match discussion in the SuperSport TV studio. “At Kaizer Chiefs it’s difficult to single out a player that is very on form. With Orlando Pirates you do have a couple of players who are really doing well.

“So, therefore Orlando Pirates were looking stronger than Kaizer Chiefs and you expect them to come in and win the game,” Modise continued, “but then [Pirates] played a different game altogether.

“The same players that you expected to see on the pitch, they played differently. Their pace was very slow, but also, Chiefs denied them the space.”

Njabulo Blom, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, and Bernard Parker worked hard in central midfield to make things tough for Pirates, while Siyabonga Ngezana, Daniel Cardoso, Eric Mathoho, and Reeve Frosler all played well on defense.

By Clive Banda

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