Mwlane: How Soweto Derby made me a hero

Kaizer Chiefs

Former Kaizer Chiefs central midfielder Humphrey Mlwane has revealed how winning against Orlando Pirates can engrave a player's name in the club's supporters' hearts.

On Saturday the Glamour Boys visit their biggest rivals Orlando Pirates at Orlando Stadium, where a huge three points and bragging rights will be at stake.

Speaking to this website, Mwlane shared some fond memories of the fixture and what it was like donning the black and gold on the big stage.

"The atmosphere, it was totally different compared to some other fixtures,” Mlwane tells Kickoff.com.

"Do you remember the Iwisa Maize Meal Charity Spectacular match where about 11 penalties were taken during the shoot-outs? That was my first Soweto derby.

"I used to go to watch the Maize Meal Charity Spectacular as a fan, but now find myself on the pitch, it felt very different.

"I could not believe I was there, I was part of the environment and the atmosphere it was electrifying at the same time.

"I was nervous but I think the first touch is what helped me relax.

"We went to the penalty shoot-outs, and it ended 10-11, William Okpara was in goals for Pirates but I scored mine, I played the full 90 minutes that day.

"My mother stayed in Bronkhorspruit, so when I went to visit her on a Sunday which was the following day, the community was waiting for me, people were happy for me, it was marvellous for me to find myself in such an environment.

"I was given a hero's welcome, that day I experienced how it felt like to be a hero.

"Some were asking for jerseys, they were so excited to find themselves in the same space with someone they just saw on TV yesterday (laughs), you know those days, people believed that only those who are loaded with money appear on TV."

However, Mlwane refuses to put his head on the block for this weekend's match.

"The problem with Chiefs is the lack of creativity, they lack that element of surprise.

"But I would like them to win the game so that they will be able to challenge Sundowns.

"I would say it's 50/50 because Pirates, they've got a lot of mistakes at the back."

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