A previously out of form Kaizer Chiefs totally nullified Orlando Pirates, by beating them 1-0 at the FNB Stadium today. This Is Football.Africa spoke to former Chiefs defender Dominic Isaacs on his view on the derby.
“The first half was really even, Chiefs did a really good job from the first half to keep Saleng quiet,”
“Pirates played sideways, and Chiefs caught them in transition. Ashley Du Preez had two chances, and should have scored, especially in a game like this. I just hoped that they would not rue these missed chances.”
The game started off in high spirits and as soon as the fourth minute, when Kermit Erasmus gave a through ball towards Monnapule Saleng in the box, which he hit with his weaker foot straight at Brandon Peterson on the angle, which was parried away for a corner.
In the 33rd minute Chiefs’ first real chance came when Ashley Du Preez was played in, with only the goalkeeper to beat and his shot was saved by Siyabonga Mpontshane. Two minutes later, another chance of a similar nature fell to Du Preez, and was again saved to the left, which left the Amakhosi faithful frustrated.
Later, in the 74th minute, Orlando Pirates graduate Yusuf Maart took a shot from beyond the halfway line, and caught Bucs keeper Mpontshane way off his line to take the lead. A first goal for Maart in the colours of Kaizer Chiefs, and what a sumptuous goal it was in such a high profile game, and in the biggest game of the year, the Soweto Derby.
“The Second half was very even, Amakhosi did a good job to deny Kermit Erasmus and Saleng time and space,” Isaacs continued as he gave a full time assessment.
” Pirates couldn’t do anything because they were the two danger men. It wasn’t an obvious game, but then what a goal to win the game. Other than that, games like this just take one goal to win it, and ja Chiefs deserved to win the game. I didn’t see anything wrong or different from how they usually approach the game, the only difference is they scored, other games they create the same amount of chances but they never take them. They must just continue with what they did today.”
Kaizer Chiefs have won their fourth successive Soweto Derby against Orlando Pirates, the first time either of the teams have won four in a row in the PSL era.