Soweto Derby: African Football LegendsĀ 

The Soweto Derby, one of Africa’s and the world’s most renowned football rivalries is set for Saturday, March 9, featuring Orlando Pirates hosting their longtime rivals, Kaizer Chiefs.

Scheduled at the famous FNB Stadium, which has the distinction of hosting the first FIFA World Cup ceremonies in Africa, this historic match, originating from January 24, 1970, is expected to captivate the entire nation.

Soweto Derby
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This event is a highlight in South Africa’s football calendar and a stage where numerous African talents have made their mark beyond the domestic sphere.

A glance at legendary figures from CAFOnline reveals relevant players who have left an indelible mark on this celebrated clash:

Kaizer Chiefs FC Legends:

  • Eshele Botende (DR Congo): The flamboyant and agile goalkeeper, notable in South Africa during the early 90s, boasted an impressive record with Chiefs, playing in three Soweto derbies without conceding a goal.
  • Knowledge Musona (Zimbabwe): This young striker terrorized the Orlando Pirates’ defence, particularly in 2010, leading the Chiefs to a 3-1 win with his outstanding play.
  • Patrick Mabedi (Malawi): The defensive stalwart and former captain of Chiefs, Mabedi, was instrumental in the team’s solid defensive performances against the Pirates.


Orlando Pirates FC Legends:

  • Williams Okpara (Nigeria): Renowned as one of the club’s all-time great goalkeepers, Okpara played a crucial role in multiple derby victories before retiring.
  • Onyekachi Okonkwo (Nigeria): Known for his leadership and free-kick prowess, Okonkwo made a significant impact at Pirates after joining as a young player.
  • Dennis Lota (Zambia): The late striker was a significant threat to the Chiefs and is remembered for his performances, particularly in the 1999/2000 season derby, where he scored in a 2-2 draw.

Watch Out for New Talents:

The legacy continues, and new talents are shining in both teams. Mozambique’s Edmilson Dove and Namibia’s Deon Hotto are among the notable players expected to impact the upcoming match, with impressive performances in recent international tournaments.

The match is set to start at 13:30 GMT at the FNB Stadium.


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