'Soweto derby bigger than Cairo Derby'

African Football

The recent Soweto Derby was a sold-out spectacle again, and it's now been claimed it surpasses the level of the historic Cairo Derby.

In a fixture that makes the country come to a standstill, the fierce rivalry between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates is unmatched within South African football.

And the top of the table clash last month which was settled by a Lebogang Manyama strike was witnessed by a staggering 80 800 spectators inside the iconic FNB Stadium.

With the unique nature of both sets of fans supporting their respective sides alongside one another, it provides another unique element to the clash.

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And Luc Eyamel, who's coached in nine different countries across the continent, which includes stints in the Egypt and Absa Premiership, believes the Cairo Derby can no longer be considered the best in Africa.

Speaking to KickOff.com about the recent Dar Derby victory he masterminded with Young Africans over Simba, the Belgian suggested the political interference has hindered its reputation.

"It was great to coach in this [Dar] Derby, we all know about the [how big the] Soweto Derby [is], but I checked [the statistics] in Africa," Eymael explains.

"This one in Dar es Salam ranks number four, which is incredible because Zamalek and Al Ahly is ahead of it.

"I coached in Egypt and for political decisions, it's played in an empty stadium, so for me, it doesn't mean anything, it doesn't represent anything [as a big derby now], that's my point of view."

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