Makhanya gives Derby prediction


Orlando Pirates legend Joseph Makhanya has given his prediction for this afternoon's Soweto Derby at Orlando Stadium.

Both teams have made a huge progress in introducing top youngsters this season, with Amakhosi leading the pack with youngsters such as Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, Njabulo Blom and Happy Mashiane doing well for the team this season.

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Makhanya believes the transfer ban for Chiefs was a huge blessing in disguise, as they've managed to capitalise by speeding up to the process of introducing youngsters.

"Both teams have good youngsters, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo has been one of those players with more minutes this season, Happy Mashiane and Njabulo Blom been getting game time too due to the challenge of not able to sign new players, so they had to speed up their progress, it was a blessing in disguise," Makhanya tells

The Buccaneers also have their youngsters who have stepped up especially in their last two games, with Azola Tshobeni making a very impressive top flight football debut but Dukuduku he is hoping they won't be put under too much pressure.

"Pirates also believed they were pushed by seeing more youngsters in the PSL and now you can see the likes of Azola Tshobeni and Bongani Sam, they all need keep on delivering good performances, i know the game is huge but there's no need to put pressure on them," he added.

"They just need to enjoy the moment, I'm hoping they ready for the occasion, I also wish Thabiso Monyane to gets the opportunity because if Chiefs can take that risk nothing can stop the Buccaneers too, so I wish the youngsters all the best."

With both teams out of form, Pirates legend predicts the derby may end in a goalless draw as he feels both coaches, Josez Zinnbauer and Gavin Hunt, might play safe to avoid more pressure from the fans.

"The game will be decided on the midfielder and defenders' mistakes, the team that will defend better will win because both teams have loophole at the back, but I see a goalless draw because they've been playing poor and coaches will probably want to protect themselves," he continued.

"There's lack of consistency but that also not a real factor in a derby, there won't also be any pressure from supporters as the game will be playing behind close doors."