Manyisa: Derby reigns supreme

Kaizer Chiefs

Pirates are up against Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday, and a week later host Egyptian giants Al Ahly in the first leg of the final of Africa’s premier club competition.

While the reality is that there are only three points at stake against their Soweto rivals this weekend, Manyisa says Pirates need a victory to maintain their winning momentum going into the Champions League Final.

“The Soweto Derby can never and will never be secondary to any fixture,” Manyisa declares.

“Right now all our energy is on Kaizer Chiefs because they are the team that we need to deal with first before we think about the final of the Champions League.

“Actually, I refuse to entertain the kind of reasoning that says this particular Derby is less significant because we have the Champions League final next week. Playing Al Ahly is an issue that we will deal once we are done with Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.

“For now we are focusing on Chiefs. We need to win this game to maintain our momentum. We will apply ourselves with total commitment in the Derby,” he says.

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The Bafana Bafana midfielder – who has been bossing the Bucs midfield with aplomb – also notes that he expects Saturday’s game to be as tough as usual.

“It is going to be a very difficult game on Saturday – plus I also expect it to be a very technical game. We have to be extremely disciplined and stay focused from the word go.

“On the issue of our form, it doesn’t make much of a difference because when playing against Kaizer Chiefs it is something out of this world and a priceless feeling for us. What you have done in recent games counts for nothing.”

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