The reason for my assertion is that these two teams have been drawing and as a result, has lost the excitement and fever that normally is associated with derbies.
Ok, back to the game Kaizer Chiefs are evidently heading into the game with Bucs as the home club and carrying an encouraging line of results in recent matches against other clubs, as well as in this particular fixture, Steve Komphela, Chiefs coach is resisting the pull of his club being viewed as the ones likely to win.
“I don’t want us to carry the favourites tag,” reacts Komphela, he was quoted.
“We still have to go through the match on Saturday but when you look at how things have been. We have been in a position where we can dictate and determine our fate but unfortunately in some instances they have gone through some shock waves and for us we hope one of those shock waves comes again on Saturday,” he says.
Their rivals –on the other side- things have been going tough. Bucs lost their midweek games and has put both players and coach Eric Tinkler on pressure. But pressure is all you need to bring the best out of you, or
Although, I’ve predicted another dull draw Bucs should use this game as a motivator as they prepare for Confederations Cup final against Etoile Du Sahel on November 21.
Eight CAF Confederations Cup fixtures, one MTN8, six Absa Premiership fixtures and two Telkom Knockout ties played so far for Bucs.
It’s only October but Pirates have already notched an unbelievable seventeen matches in all competitions this season, according to the Buccaneers official website.
That’s taxing and one could perhaps give the team a pad on their shoulders for reaching the finals but still derby has its connotations.
Since August, the 15th placed Bucs has not won any premier league games and coach Eric Tinkler knows losing this game means living on borrowed times –finish & klaar!
Is the twinkle losing its stars?
With Happy Jele out with hamstring injury Tinkler and technical team will have to re-arrange their playing technique.
Interestingly, Bucs and AmaKhosi will meet again in the semi-finals of the TKO.
So, who wants’ it most?