As the international football world turns its focus to South Africa this weekend, the spotlight falls onto Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs who contest a Premier Soccer League fixture at Durban’s Absa Stadium.
Bucs coach Da Gama was asked whether he would field a ‘local is lekker’ team as he has been doing thus far.
“As I’ve said it’s better for us to keep our cards close to our chest. It’s an important match tomorrow,” Da Gama says.
Team manager Shakes Mashaba says no matter who plays this is a massive opportunity to put South Africa, the PSL and the two Soweto giants onto the map, if it isn’t there already.
“What an opportunity, it really is big. We hope to help relax the players, especially the young ones. But I can assure the fans we’ll be ready,” Mashaba says.
Kick Off magazine Editorial Director Richard Maguire and Assistant Editor Zola Doda discuss who will win the Soweto Derby between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs on November 24, 2007.
A synical question fired at Ertugral suggesting that Pirates have Teko Modise running their show, AC Milan have Kaka, Real Madrid Robinho, ‘but who do Chiefs have, was received with a strong reaction by the coach.
“You seem to know all the players because you are talking about them, why don’t you tell me who Chiefs have,” Ertugral asked the reporter.
“Wait, you will see tomorrow who we have.”
Ertugral went on to shake his head in disbelief at the question.
PSL introduces new media regulations
As the coaches let nothing slip regarding their starting teams, PSL CEO Kjetil Siem told the media that the Derby would be treated as an international event in terms of media protocol.
For the first time, media will use a mixed zone area where print and electronic media will have a chance to speak to the coaches and three players per team ten minutes after the final whistle blows.
Siem committed to team sheets being provided to the media within the standard time and not five minutes before the match kicks off as it has happened in some PSL fixtures in the past.
“Tomorrow will be an opportunity to use the mixed zones as it happens in tournaments like the World Cup. This will create an equal opportunity for all media to speak to coaches and players after the match,” Siem says.