Mabokgwane: Derby is still exciting
Posted: 2 March 2018 Time: 08:00
Despite the many draws in the Soweto Derby in the last few years, Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane feels the clash is still an exciting one.
Mabokgwane, who grew up supporting the Buccaneers, is set to play in his first Soweto Derby having watched the last three encounters from the bench.
Supporters are desperate to see a winner in this fixture and it’s up to the players to give them reason to smile on Saturday afternoon.
While Mabokgwane would love to keep a clean sheet in his first Derby, he also does not mind winning 4-2 again, like they did in their last league match against Chippa United. He would celebrate any type of victory, especially against his side's biggest rivals.
“Yes, the derby is always exciting, from the build up to getting out of the tunnel and going for the warm-ups and you see that the stadium is half full and the people are chanting. It’s always exciting times,” the former Mpumalanga Black Aces man says.
“There’s been draws, but the football has not been bad. You need to understand there’s tension and tactics and you have to try absorb the pressure. But we don’t go out on the field to play draws and say ‘at least we did not lose’. I am a goalkeeper and I always play for clean sheets, but if the team wins 4-2 in every game I will be happy and I will celebrate, rather than celebrating goalless draws.”