The Soweto giants resume their rivalry on Sunday in this battle for derby efforts in the Carling Black Label Cup
Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates open the South African domestic season on Sunday with a match in the Carling Black Label Cup at Orlando Stadium.
This is a return of the curtain-raising match after it did not take place last season.
Sunday’s game, Amakhosi coach Stuart Baxter will also face his Pirates counterpart for the first time ever.
While fans vote for the players going to the field, the coaches remain under the spotlight which can give an indication of what can be expected from the sides in the coming season.
|Games||Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates|
|Date||Sunday, August 1|
|Time||17:00 SA Time|
TV channel, live score and how to watch
|Online streaming||TV channel|
|DStv.com/DStv Now app||SuperSport TV’s PSL Channel 202 / SABC 1|
Teams and team news
Kaizer Chiefs will not have ten key players available for Sunday’s game due to injuries and other health problems.
Midfielder Khama Billiat, Leonardo Castro and Samir Nurkovic are some of the high-profile players who will miss the match.
Defender Siyabonga Ngezana with a thigh muscle problem, Lebogang Manayama and Dumisani Zuma will also not be able to participate.
Billiat and Nurkovic were voted the Chiefs by the fans.
The Zimbabwean striker recovers from flu while Nurkovic suffered a knee injury.
As Thibedi is not a precautionary measure, the new signing Sibusiso Mabiliso, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo and Reeve Frosler will also not participate in the South African u.23 team during the Olympic Games in Japan.
Chiefs also start the season without defensive midfielder Willard Katsande, whose contract has not been renewed after 10 years at the club.
None of the Chiefs ‘new notes were voted to start on Sunday, but goalkeeper Brandon Peterson, Sifiso Hlanti, Phathutshedzo Nange, Kgaogelo Sekgota, Cole Alexander and Austin Dube will be on the bench according to the fans’ choice.
Although Chiefs will be without 10 players, Pirates have also been hit by injuries and will miss four players.
Captain Happy Jele, Tshegofatso Mabasa, Zakhele Lepasa and Zimbabwean striker Terrence Dzvukamanja are ruled out.
All the unavailable players spent a considerable amount of time last season.
The last time Chiefs and Pirates clashed in the Carling Black Label Cup in 2019, it was the Buccaneers who stepped out of the fight with derby bragging rights after winning 2-0.
Chiefs want to return this trophy they last won in 2017.
But it is Pirates who have dominated regularly in this competition as they have won it five times before against Amakhosi’s record of lifting it three times.
Four editions of this cup solved penalty kicks.
Sunday’s match is the 174th Soweto derby match between these traditional enemies in all competitions.
They first clashed on January 24, 1970 and Chiefs dominated the Soweto Derby by winning 71 games compared to Pirates’ 44 wins.
The two parties shared loot 53 times while five matches were stopped.
Pirates captain Jele and Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune are the only players to appear in all Carling Black Label matches since the start of the competition in 2011.
These are the players the fans played for on Sunday, including those who were injured.
Pirates: Richard Ofori (GK), Thulani Hlatshwayo, Innocent Maela, Wayde Jooste, Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Thembinkosi Lorch, Ben Motshwari, Deon Hotto, Fortune Makaringe, Thabang Monare, Gabadinho Mhango.
Principals: Itumeleng Khune (GK), Erick Mathoho, Daniel Cardoso, Happy Mashiane, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Lebohang Lesako, Njabulo Blom, Kearyn Baccus, Sabelo Radebe, Samir Nurkovic, Khama Billiat.