This past weekend, Kaizer Chiefs failed to beat their arch-rivals Orlando Pirates in the Soweto Derby, which is arguably the biggest clash of the ABSA Premiership. For Chiefs, their last league triumph over Pirates goes back as far as 2014.
With Steve Khompela gone at Naturena, many expected things will turn out differently this time around but that was not the case. It seems that coach Micho Scredojevic and Rulani Mokwena’s tactical prowess paid off tremendously, while coach Giovanni Solinas and Patrick Madedi were left dumb struck, asking themselves what went wrong.
Was assistant coach Rulani correct all along when he made remarks directed to the Chiefs coach prior to the clash?
Rulani stated that Bobby Motaung made an error to appoint Solinas, as he lacked the acumen for management. If you compare the previous team to this team, from an or-ganisational perspective, you can clearly see the lack of a coach of that calibre.
Chief’s midfielders were dead and defenders virtually non-existent. Interestingly, the affair be-tween these two sides has not been sold out in recent seasons, but Saturday was a different scene, FNB stadium experienced a full house of more than 82.000 support-ers, this could have stemmed from the fact that both sides have started the season in impressive form. After the 90-minute mark it was Orlando Pirates and their fans who had all the bragging rights of the first derby of the 2018/2019 ABSA Premiership League.
Phefeni Glammour Boys scored early from a mishap from Pirates goal-keeper Siyabonga Mpontshan with Khama Billiat tapping the ball into the back of net scoring his first derby goal and leaving Pirates to trail a goal behind. Later a penalty was awarded to the Bucanneers but Justin Shona missed the opportunity. Pirates were not phased by the misfortune, they kept attacking the home side which paid off, they re-ceived a corner which Innocent Maela headed into the goal post after which Pirates pinned Chiefs down and it resulted in a second goal from Vincent Pule making the so-cre 2-1 in the first half, with the Bucannerrs clitching all three points.