Orlando Pirates took total control of the entertaining Soweto derby, looting thrice the Kaizer Chiefs’ treasure trove. The chief culprit was Pirate McCarthy. Benni did it twice on the night. The Pirates 3 – 2 victory over Chiefs saw another Pirate called Andile Jali haunt Chiefs with the third goal.
That brace from McCarthy and goal by Jali catapulted the Happy People up to second place in the ABSA Premier League. Benni McCarthy was the Soweto Derby Man of the Match. Not only was it ‘Halakasha’ in the 18 area’ twice, but his overall performance was inspirational.
The Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs fixture at FNB Stadium has always ranked in the top 10 matches globally in terms of attendance, rivalry and spectacle. It compared well with the El Classicos between Real Madrid and Barcelona of Spain as well as the River Plate versus Boca Juniors in Argentina among others. Chiefs tried their best to match the slick Sea Robbers, managing to chase and catch Ghosts’ shadows.
Lining-up as Moeneb Josephs, Cloete, Nzunga, Rooi Mahamutsa, Siyabonga Sangweni, Tlou Segolela, Ace Manyisa, Jali, Dane Klate, Mabena, McCarthy, Pirates came out all guns blazing and the dry bones came together for a lively evening, giving everyone hope that they may be back in Africa next season.
The Portuguese international Luis Boa Morte, was out due to an injury which is expected to keep him out for up to six weeks. He fractured a bone in his toe during a reserve league match against the Dube birds, Moroka Swallows.
He joine captain Lucky Lekgwathi, Thulasizwe Mbuyane, Talatou Boubacar and Rudolf Beste in the doctor’s rooms.
Pirates are back.