The Soweto Derby takes centre stage on local televisions this weekend as Kaizer Chiefs look to end their losing streak against Orlando Pirates.
Orlando Stadium hosts the encounter – to kick off at 3:30pm on Saturday – which sees the visitors start in 7th and the Bucs in 5th.
Regardless of their place in the title race, the match promises to be a blockbuster affair with Amakhosi looking to avenge their two goalless defeats in the MTN8. Chiefs were dumped from that competition 5-0 on aggregate.
Serbian, and stand-in skipper, Samir Nurkovic missed those fixtures and is keen to make his mark.
“Playing in big derbies like the Soweto Derby is every player’s dream. I have had the privilege to play three derbies last season and I am happy to be part of this derby again,” Nurkovic told his club’s website.
Nurkovic has one goal and two assists in six matches this season but will need to get off the mark against Pirates. He didn’t score in three encounters against the Bucs last season.
His coach, Gavin Hunt, is looking to his side to get a good result as they look to continue their resurgent form.
“Obviously disappointed with what went on before but that’s gone and we can’t think about it now and we look forward and try to be positive and play in a way I think we can get a positive result. Right now that is all we are thinking about and not thinking about what happened before,” Hunt told the media.
“No need for us to say too much. We are going to treat it like any other game. Obviously, I know expectations are on the place but we have to try not to do anything out of the ordinary and hopefully, as I said, we can improve from the last time we played. That’s all we can do.
“It’s important that we play properly and do well with the ball and without the ball. We have to improve certainly. It’s an ongoing process.”
The Buccaneers, under Josef Zinnbauer, men failed to preserve their early lead against TS Galaxy in their previous outing. Like Pirates, Chiefs drew although they came from behind to draw 1-1 against Baroka.
Innocent Maela will miss the contest through suspension while the coach sweats on the fitness of Terrence Dzvukamanja.