Orlando Pirates vs. Kaizer Chiefs Soweto Derby
Kaizer Chiefs crashed out in the first round of the Nedbank Cup following their 2-0 defeat at the hands of nemesis Orlando Pirates. Here are the five things we learned
Many reasons were bandied around as to why that is, but with Pirates winning 2-0, the Soweto Derby taught us five important things to remember for years to come.
Form and Cup pedigree completely irrelevant
What happened prior and who lies where on the league table count very little in Soweto Derby matches as legendary Amakhosi defender Joseph Mkhonza once said.
“You see with the derby it doesn’t matter which team is where on the log. The derby is something else, it is a very different ball game,” Mkhoza told Goal.
Chiefs’ Cup pedigree and a seven-match unbeaten run in all competitions had almost everyone rooting for them ahead of Saturday’s encounter, but it was Pirates who created better goalscoring chances, especially late in the second half.
This fixture also highlighted the importance of players rising to the occasion when their teams are in need. Now, after a minor injury to striker Lehlohonolo Majoro 24 hours before the game and Thamsanqa Gabuza struggling to regain his form albeit bearing the brunt of the club’s supporters, Tendai Ndoro stepped forward and filled the big boots with ease.
Making his official Soweto Derby debut alongside Luvuyo Memela, Zimbabwean striker Ndoro came to the party for the Buccaneers with a breathtaking brace, joining an illustrious list of Derby debutants scoring a brace like the late Lesley Manyathela and Benni McCarthy.
Gordinho’s absence cost Chiefs
Depth is of great importance in big matches such as the Soweto Derby, and to be able to call upon anybody at any given time, especially prior or during the game can either lead to victory or defeat. The suspension of defender Lorenzo Gordinho put the Amakhosi defence under the microscope despite having capable replacements such as Morgan Gould, Ivan Bukenya and Daniel Cardoso to fill the void.
However, it once again showed they lack of depth as Gordinho’s replacement, Morgan Gould, failed to step up to the plate alongside Eric Mathoho. He was caught ball-watching in the goals scored by Ndoro.
Now, in the latter stages of the second half, Chiefs went about their way aimlessly and probably preparing for extra-time and penalties as they didn’t pose any danger whatsoever to Bucs defence – they seemed to forget that the game was far from over.
The entire team switched off in the final 15 minutes of the game and they were punished dearly.
Substitutions must always be spot on
There is simply no margin for error on all fronts, espeically from the technical bench; substitutions have to be spot at all times.
The introduction of Thabo Qalinge for Memela was just what Bucs needed to turn the tide as coach Eric Tinkler said post-match that it gave them a different dimension, while Chiefs only reacted with two substitutions after Pirates’ second goal – the damage was already done, and Siphelele Mthembu and George Lebese could hardly rescue Steve Komphela’s men.
source : http://www.goal.com/en-za/news/4656/features/2016/03/06/21047462/orlando-pirates-vs-kaizer-chiefs-five-things-we-learned-from