Krol can feel the tension

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Just a week after completing a double against fellow Soweto rivals Moroka Swallows, the Dutchman has expressed a feeling of satisfaction about the progress that his team is making of late since he took over at the beginning of the season.

“This is my first Derby and I can feel the sensation and tension rising. I have been involved in massive derbies before during my time in Egypt when I was coach at Zamalek and when we played against Al Ahly the mood in Cairo changed.

“I can feel that this derby will also be another massive game from what I have heard and what I have seen,” says Krol ahead of the clash in Mafikeng.

Krol is, however, disappointed that the Derby spark has been diminished by the fact that the game takes place far from where the two teams are based.

“I think what makes this derby appeal different to me is the fact that the game is taking place away from where the two teams are based. I think it is a pity that it has to happen this way because a Derby is supposed to belong to a town where the teams are based.

“How I wish that this game was in Johannesburg,” says Krol adding that the mid-week matches have also diluted the sensation.

“The mid-week games have also taken away a bit of the sensation. But still I am really looking forward to this game because the last time that I was at that stadium, we had a good match. The fact that both teams won in mid-week also raises the excitement,” says Krol.

Kaizer Chiefs’ coach Mushin Ertugral says they are maintaining the same momentum that they have been building over the last couple of weeks. This is after a lethargic start to the league.

“We are just aiming at continuing in the way that we have been doing over the last three games. We have also kept the same line-up since the season started, which is what we will continue doing,” says Ertugral.

The Turkish-born coach also gives his reflections about the Derby which he was first involved in 1999 when he first arrived in the country.

“Every year at this time of the year, I always say the same thing that this is one of the top five derbies in the world.

“After the Argentina and Turkish derby, this counts as the third biggest in the world for me. I am happy with the boys after the stabilisation that we have reached in recent weeks. After all the bashing that we got, we are now a unit,” he says.

10 Things you didn’t know about the Derby

1. Pirates have never won the Derby in the seasons when they won the PSL title.

2. Only 5 of the last 24 Soweto Derbies have produced more than two goals in one match. 19 Derbies have ended with two goals or less.

3. In the last 24 Soweto Derbies, Pirates have only managed to score 6 times in the first half (scoring 15 goals second half) in the process winning only won one of those matches, where they scored in the first half.

4. In contrast, Chiefs have scored 11 goals in the first half and they have never lost a Derby after taking the lead (winning five times after taking the lead). Chiefs have scored 13 goals in the second half compared to Pirates’ 15.

5. In the last 24 League Derby matches, only three players have scored a brace: Siyabonga Nomvete, Thabang Lebese and Lesley Manyathela.

6. Jerry Sikhosana, Benedict Vilakazi, Mark Williams and David Obua are the only players to have scored in two consecutive Derby matches.

7. 12 of the last 24-League Derbies have ended in a draw.

8. 4 of the last 7 Derby matches ended in a draw.

9. 8 of the 12 draws ended 1-1.

10. In the last 12 years, only Chiefs have won both Derby matches in a season (2005/06 season).

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