Khune and Katsande still rule at Chiefs


The veteran duo of Itumeleng Khune and Willard Katsande still rule at Kaizer Chiefs when it comes to the latest blockbuster Soweto Derby.

The latest edition of the biggest fixture in South Africa will play out on Sunday with Khune and Katsande holding onto the most appearances of all players still at Chiefs despite not playing in the last seven editions.

Both Khune and Katsande sit on 27 Soweto Derby appearances, with Bernard Parker close behind on 26.

Khune will play no part in Sunday's fixture as he is still undergoing Covid-19 return protocols after being granted leave to attend to a family bereavement, meaning Sunday's game will be game number eight in a row that he misses of the Derby.

Yet he still wears the cap of playing in the most games of this fixture of all players that remain contracted to Chiefs.

His first taste of this blockbuster fixture was in the famous 2-2 draw at Kings Park in November 2007 back in the days when he wore long pants and for the next decade since then he grew to be a prominent Soweto Derby player.

He last played a Derby in November 2018 when Amakhosi were downed 2-1 by their biggest rivals.

See Khune and Katsande's Soweto Derby prominence over the years in the gallery above

Katsande is closing in on a decade of service at Chiefs which explains why his input for the club in the Soweto Derby has shot up to match Khune.

The Zimbabwean hardman was thrown into the Derby as a substitute for his Chiefs debut match in the 2011 MTN final and has since gone on to pile up 27 appearances in this contest.

His most recent appearance in this fixture was at the end of January.

Of all players that have been with Amakhosi in the PSL era, Siphiwe Tshabalala has the most appearances in the Soweto Derby with 31. He spent 11-and-a-half-years at Chiefs before leaving for Turkey in 2018.

What makes Shabba’s run incredible is that he played all 31 in a row, also making his Soweto Derby debut on the same day as Khune before bowing out in March 2018.

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