210 minutes, nine goals, two red cards and two penalties in one week. Can we safely say the true Soweto Derby is back?
Like the previous Derby in Durban in the Telkom Knockout, the game between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates was not short of drama and tension, which spilled over into the post-match press conference at FNB Stadium on Saturday.
One would have sworn that Ernst Middendorp and Rhulani Mokwena were fighting for the same woman as the presser turned into a war zone of words.
Even renowned journalist Marc Strydom tried to pour water on the fire, to no avail.
The tension between Middendorp and Mokwena lasted for almost the entire session with Mokwena at one stage telling the German coach to focus on his own job when engaged in a tense debate over the mistakes committed by South African players in the final third of the pitch.
It came after Bucs midfielder Thembinkosi Lorch missed a sitter in the second half.
"Decision-making I believe was right, the skill and execution component was not good. That's where the mistake is coming in," said Middendorp before Mokwena responded.
"Unfortunately Lorch is my player, so I have to coach him on that. I think it's the decision-making. You've got your work to do, I have my work to do also," Mokwena retorted.
There was more awkwardness when Mokwena called Chiefs corporate communications manager Vina Maphosa to order for improperly introducing him to the gathered journalists at the start of the press-conference.
"Mr Maphosa, thanks for saying Coach Rhulani. Initially you just introduced me as Rhulani. But your opposition coach was Coach Middendorp. So I also qualified as Coach Rhulani. But thanks for correcting that," he said, dampening the mood further.
Whatever the tension and drama both on and off the field, and the result at the end of the match, the fans got their money's worth and Mokwena shared the same sentiment.
"It was a good advert for football I think if you minus some of the thuggish behaviour," he concluded.
The true Soweto Derby is back!