The time has come for Pirates to exact their vengeance on Chiefs!

A scuffle between the two teams during DStv Premiership 2022/23 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates on the 25 February 2022 at Lucas Moripe Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

South Africa will come to a halt at 3pm on Saturday. It is a momentous day for South African football when Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, the two teams with the most supporters, play each other in the Soweto derby. The Nedbank Cup semi-final encounter between these Soweto giants is likely to be explosive at FNB Stadium and they will fight tooth and nail.

The biggest match in South Africa has once again sparked score predictions from the supporters of both teams. Pirates enter the match in good spirits after winning six straight DStv Premiership matches. Things are different on the Chiefs side because they have not performed well in recent games. Amakhosi lost to Swallows FC 2-1 last week, eliminating their prospects of holding second place in the DStv Premiership, which Mamelodi Sundowns has already won.

Pirates defeated TS Galaxy 2-1 at Mbombela Stadium in a tense contest. If Pirates manage to hang on to second position until the end of the campaign, they will have a decent chance of qualifying for the CAF Champions League once more. If Chiefs win the Nedbank Cup, they will be eligible to compete in the CAF Confederation Cup. Pirates, who are vying for a second trophy under Jose Riveiro, present Chiefs with their biggest obstacle.

If Chiefs are successful in winning the cup, this will support Arthur Zwane’s efforts to restore the team to its former glory. Zwane hopes to defeat Pirates for the third time this season after defeating them twice, despite the fact that the game is different from the others. Pirates, on the other hand, is looking for a way to exact vengeance.

Amakhosi will rely on players with experience in significant games like Siyabonga Ngezana, Ashley Du Preez, Yusuf Maart, and Itumeleng Khune. Players like Nkosinathi Sibisi, Innocent Maela, Paseka Mako, and Terrence Dzvukamanja, who score goals in an incredible manner, will be the Pirates’ main hopes.

Winning the title is crucial for Pirates, who are also attempting to reclaim their former glory. Question: Can the mediocre Chiefs hold their own against the strong Pirates? The field will provide the answer. On the other hand, Stellenbosch FC will play Sekhukhune United at the Danie Craven Stadium on Sunday evening in the second Nedbank Cup semifinal. Both teams are vying for their first trophy at the highest level.