Speaking ahead of Thursday’s match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium against Orlando Pirates, ‘VV’ suggested that the English team should also play for their spot, rather than the current format which has the winner of the Derby going through to the deciding match.
“It’s not right that we have to fight to get into the final game,” Vermezovic says. “I think all the teams must fight to play in that match.”
The Chiefs coach also had a go at the number of Soweto Derbies currently being played, saying he fears it might lose what make it special.
“This season we [Chiefs and Pirates] could play anything between six and eight games against each other,” Vermezovic says. “That is not right for a Derby. The match can lose a lot that way.”
VV also heaped praise on Pirates for their performance during the 1-1 draw against Spurs last night.
Asked by KickOff.com whether he watch the game, Vermezovic responded: “Of course … I’m a big fan of football. I like to watch all the games. Pirates were very aggressive, especially in the opening 20 minutes. They were the better team and deserved to win.”
Meanwhile, Vermezovic reveals that Kaizer Motaung Jnr is his only doubt for the Derby, having picked up a leg injury during training yesterday.
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