Chippa coach Teboho Moloi calls for Soweto Derby divide between Orando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs fans
Posted: 2 March 2018 Time: 12:00
Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Teboho Moloi says Bucs and Kaizer Chiefs' fans should sit separately during the Soweto Derby to enhance the atmosphere in the stands.
Moloi, who now coaches Chippa United, has a special interest in the fixture, having made his professional debut for Pirates against Chiefs during the 1987 Iwisa Charity Spectacular.
“As much as we want peace during matches, I think Pirates supporters must sit on one side of the field and let the Kaizer Chiefs supporters sit on the other side,” Moloi tells KickOff.com ahead of Saturday's Soweto Derby at FNB Stadium.
“You will never see Real Madrid and Barcelona supporters seated together and why are we doing it [in South Africa]? When you have supporters on each end of the field, that is what used to drive me when I was a player. Chiefs fans would be seated on the other end and when I see their fans dancing and singing and ours quiet that used to drive me. I had to do something.
“Bashin Mahlangu and Botsotso Makhanya didn’t like seeing our fans sad and they knew they had to do something to get the crowd up. And now when supporters are together and singing – you are not even sure what is going on. When a goal is scored, there are celebrations all over, you don’t even know if it’s your supporters or the opposition team. If fans can be separated maybe players will see and realise the amount of supporters they are disappointing when they are not performing.”
Moloi went on to recall when he was part of the Buccaneers team that famously handed Chiefs a 5-1 defeat in 1990.
“The day we beat Chiefs 5-1, when we scored the final goal, the Chiefs side of the stands was empty, they were leaving the stadium. I had never seen Botsotso Makhanya so happy, he was laughing. Now you can imagine if we were beating Chiefs 5-1 and supporters were seated together. You wouldn’t even notice that Chiefs supporters are leaving. We need to go back to that thing of separating supporters just for the sake of the Soweto Derby. Just to bring back that rivalry.”
By Zola Doda