Former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates striker Marc Batchelor.

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Batch gives Bucs the edge in Derby

Posted: 21 November 2007 Time: 15:21

With Soweto Derby fever rising rapidly, Marc Batchelor, one of the few veterans who has featured for both Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs during these fierce duels, believes that only individual brilliance will produce a result in Durban on Saturday.

“To my mind it will be a close game because teams these days prefer to defend rather than throw caution to the wind. But to avoid a boring draw it will take individual brilliance to produce a result,” says Batchelor.

“Chiefs appear to have the edge with experience and the fact that their coach, Muhsin Ertugral, has been there before.

“Owen da Gama may appear a rookie in a game of this magnitude, but I believe he has less pressure on his shoulders at this stage.

“I also believe that the fact that the match will be played in a smaller stadium, rather than the traditional venue, FNB, will be to Bucs’ advantage

“While my brain tells me that it will be a draw, my heart says Pirates might just tip the scales with a slender victory,” says the towering 37-year-old former forward.

“Though I love to see goals being scored, it is rather difficult for me to imagine that this will be a derby like those we had in 1990’s and before that.

“I am also just hoping that there will be attacking football for once, with many chances being created so that South Africa can market ourselves to the world since there will be many visitors and the match is to be shown worldwide on TV.

“Fans have been starved of quality derbies and this time around I believe they deserve to be given one that will boost the 2010 hype.”

Having started out at Dynamos, Batchelor was nomadic in his hey day and also played at Wits, Supersport United, Mamelodi Sundowns and Moroka Swallows, scoring goals at all these teams.

Article by: Ernest Fakude
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