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Football | Absa Premiership

Dr Irvin Khoza and Kaizer Motaung © Backpagepix

The Calabash will be on fire - Kaizer



The Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung is brimming with confidence ahead of his team’s clash against arch-rivals Orlando Pirates at the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Live action on SS2 HD, SS4 and live streaming on supersport.com

Writing in his weekly column published on the Amakhosi website, Motaung senior said he believed the midweek victory over Ajax Cape Town was the perfect morale booster ahead of the much anticipated derby.

“The win against Ajax Cape Town at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane came just at the right time, when our lads needed some form of re-ignition following our loss to Platinum Stars a week ago. This win has raised our confidence and set up the mood for the much anticipated derby against Orlando Pirates,” said Motaung.

“The Calabash in Crown Mines is undoubtedly going to be on fire for obvious reasons that have since sold the encounter to capacity long before kick-off. There are more pointers to the expectations considering that both teams are neck and neck with a difference of three goals at the top of the log. Secondly, our recent win against Ajax Cape Town and their shared spoils against Chippa United make us both determined to appease our passionate supporters,” he said.

“Chincha Guluva”, as he is also known, added that the fact Pirates drew first blood when the two giants met in a pre-season match gives his team the zeal to go all out for revenge.

Last season, Amakhosi won their home match against Bucs 2-1, but the team in black and white took revenge with a 3-2 win in the return game, both fixtures were played at the FNB Stadium.

“We should recall that the last time we engaged Orlando Pirates was in the pre-season July Carling Cup Competition match that we surrendered via a penalty shootout in the last minute of the game after securing an early goal,” he said.

In head-to-head stats, Pirates and Chiefs have met in 53 league matches since 1985. Amakhosi have claimed 22 wins compared to 12 for Bucs, while no fewer than 19 matches have ended in draws. Pirates have won just seven of their 28 home league matches against Chiefs, suffering defeat nine times.

“Earlier in the year, our league encounter saw Orlando Pirates grabbing three goals within twenty minutes of the start of the game, while we clawed our way back with two to prove our worth as their feisty rivals. These and many experiences during a long history of rivalry have been ingredients that characterised our clashes and are likely to add to another chapter of drama and excitement,” Motaung said.

“It’s all systems go at Naturena and everyone is pumped up for this one. Also good news to the Chiefs fans is that there are no injury worries ahead of the game.

“Our build-up has certainly been an interesting one judging from the intensity at the training fields immediately after our Limpopo sojourn. Thankfully our casualty ward is not worrisome except for players that will hopefully return in 2013,” Kaizer said.

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