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Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates - All you need to know about the Soweto Derby

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The Soweto Derby between Orlando Pirates and Kaiser Chiefs is one of the biggest rivalries in world football (Getty Images)
Freetips staff 01 Mar 2019
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South Africa will come to a standstill when its two most famous clubs, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, face off in the Soweto Derby. Here's all you need to know about the Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates Soweto Derby. 

Soweto Derby History

'Once a Pirate, always a Pirate' is a popular slogan among fans of the Orlando Pirates’ Buccaneers. If there is one exception to that rule, it is Kaizer Motaung. Once an iconic Orlando Pirates striker, he founded the Kaizer Chiefs club which went on to become their biggest rivals in 1970.

Motaung's decision was inspired by infighting at his former club. It ultimately paid dividends, as Kaizer Chiefs became the most popular and successful club in South Africa. To this day, the 74-year-old remains chairman, with his family heavily involved at the club.

Kaizer Motaung
Kaizer Chiefs boss Kaizer Motaung (L) received the Order of Ikhamanga in 2013 for his achievements as a committed, dedicated footballer and his contribution to developing young talent in South Africa.

When and where is the next Soweto Derby?

The next Kaizer Chiefs match against Orlando Pirates will likely be in the 2019-20 South Africa PSL.

Soweto Derby history and head-to-head record

Kaizer Chiefs have won 67 out of 165 encounters with Orlando Pirates, drawing 53 and losing 41. However, the Pirates have stolen bragging rights in recent times, winning the last three derbies and unbeaten in the last 12 meetings. 


What happened in the last Soweto Derby?

The last Soweto derby on 9 February ended 1-1 in South Africa PSL clash at Johannesburg's FNB Stadium. Daniel Cardoso put Kaizer Chiefs in front with a penalty in the 60th minute, Orlando fighting back to equalsie with 10 minutes remaining.

Ben Motshwari set up Thembinkosi Lorch who extended the Pirates unbeated run against the Chiefs to 12 games. The result saw Orlando stay in the chase for the Absa Premiership title with the Chiefs still an outside chance.

Soweto Derby Statistics

  • Neither side has won a major trophy since Kaizer Chiefs lifted the 2014/15 league title.
  • Orlando Pirates last lifted silverware in 2014 when they won the South Africa Cup.
  • Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs are two of only three South African clubs to win major continental trophies. Chiefs won the African Cup Winners' Cup in 2001, but more significantly, Pirates were crowned CAF Champions League winners in 1995. 
  • Current South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns repeated this feat in 2016 before also landing the CAF Super Cup.
  • Pule ‘Ace’ Ntsoelengoe scored a record 19 goals in Soweto derbies for Kaizer Chiefs.

How can I watch Soweto Derby?

The Soweto Derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates can be streamed at Bet365. T&Cs apply. Watch & Bet.

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