Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Soweto derby goes global



The PSL’s ambition of international growth will receive an enormous boost this weekend with SuperSport supplying a feed of the Soweto derby to four ESPN broadband platforms, representing 19 countries.

The Kaizer Chiefs-Orlando Pirates derby, taking place on Saturday, will be telecast in Latin America, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand and the US. In the US alone, the ESPN platform represents 79 million homes.

SuperSport will also broadcast the UK derby between Manchester City and Manchester United on Sunday.

Having uniquely appeared in both the Manchester and Soweto football derbies, SuperSport analyst Gary Bailey believes that this weekend’s matches could potentially take the intensity of the rivalries to another level.

As they prepare for this weekend’s contests, all four rivals find themselves in strikingly similar situations – threatening to break away from the chasing pack at the summit of the Premier Soccer League and the English Premier League.

“It’s amazing how the two biggest clubs here in South Africa and in England are in such similar positions, slowly but surely pulling away,” said Bailey, who played in numerous such derbies. “With the teams in a two-horse fight, the weekend’s match-ups could see the team’s rivalries, especially among the fans in the stands, go up a notch.”

Despite competing at the elite level more than two decades ago, Bailey says the derbies remain among his most cherished memories. “The passion and the pressure were unbelievable and nothing’s changed. Sometimes it can be greater than a cup final. Big players thrive in such situations.”

In the Premier League, the gap between third-placed Chelsea and City and United is seven points while Chiefs and Pirates have put three points between them and third-placed Maritzburg United,

Bailey, who donned the red and white of Manchester between 1978 and 1987, and the gold and black of Soweto between 1988 and 1990, says it’s the constant tabs that the teams will have to keep on each other that will see the rivalries intensifies.

“Even though it’s still early in the season and the gap between the third-placed teams and the Soweto and Manchester rivals is not that great, both teams will look at each other as their main title rival and constantly keep a close eye on each other’s exploits. It’s this constant eye that will see the rivalries intensify.”

Pirates host Chiefs on Saturday while United travel to City on Sunday – both live and in HD on SuperSport.

BROADCAST DETAILS (all times are CAT, SA, GMT+2)

Saturday, December 8
Orlando Pirates v Kaizer Chiefs
SS2HD, SS4 (3:30pm)

Sunday, December 9
Manchester City v Manchester United
SS3HD, SS3, Maximo (3:30pm)

Shop

DStv Mobile Walka 7
The Walka 7 enables you to watch television on-the-go
R759.00
DStv Explora
The best TV just got better
R1790.00
DStv HD Decoder (Uninstalled)
The DStv HD Decoder is our newest single view decoder
R399.00
DStv HD Decoder
Fully installed
R699.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Neil Manthorp
The unimaginable passing of Hughes
History records that only two men in almost 150 years have died as a result of being hit on the...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Jose's attack-minded machine
Anyone who has followed Jose Mourinho’s recent sides will be taken by surprise by what he has...

Neil Tovey
Bafana train on track but…
Qualifying for their first major tournament since 2008 is a tremendous feat for Bafana Bafana.

Brenden Nel
Time for World Rugby to lead the game
The International Rugby Board recently changed its name to World Rugby. Isn’t it time that they...

Brendan Venter
Bok attack lacks explosive edge
Prior to the Padova test, public opinion suggested that the Springboks would put 50 points past...

Tony Johnson
Time for some downtime
I’m writing this in the Air New Zealand Lounge at Los Angeles, making my weary way home from the...