Orlando Pirates midfielder Linda Mntambo has reflected on what it means to be playing in the Soweto Derby as he readies to make his debut in the fixture against rivals Kaizer Chiefs.
Mntambo has come through some trying times at Pirates, since arriving at the start of last season, but has since found his rhythm by starting the last three games in a row.
The Soweto-born playmaker also picked up the man of the match award in their recent 1-0 victory over Highlands Park, which he feels adds much needed impetus going into today’s Telkom Knockout quarterfinal.
"To be quite honest there has been lot of pressure, if you look at our previous games, we created a number of chances but we hardly scored,” Mntambo told his club’s website.
“The win against Highlands Park is a great confidence booster but we have to continue working hard because Chiefs is going through a purple patch right now.
“We have been analysing them and they are firing on all cylinders, which makes us underdogs for the game over the weekend.
“We understand the importance of this clash and the need to win it. This is more than playing for a place in the next round of Telkom [Knockout] or collecting three points at the next Derby.
“We are fighting for our pride, for bragging rights for the glory and honour to be the kings of Soweto. Our fans need a win, and as players we want to give it to them.”
Kick-off at Moses Mabhida is set for 15h30, with tickets having sold out within hours of going on sale last week.