This weekend’s Soweto Derby will be a historical one, as it will see Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates do battle with local head coaches for the first time in the PSL era.
Since the Premier Soccer League was formed back in 1996, neither side has had many South African head coaches at the helm, mostly opting for Europeans to take the reigns at the two clubs.
However, this season, with Steve Komphela and Eric Tinkler at the helm, a competitive Soweto Derby will take place with two South African coaches in charge for the first time in over 20 years.
It is thought that the last time a Derby was played when local coaches were leading the teams was back in 1994 when Mike Makaab was in charge of Orlando Pirates and Trott Moloto was at Kaizer Chiefs.
That game ended 2-0 to the Buccaneers, thanks to goals from Marks Maponyane and Marc Batchelor, and is believed to be the last time that two South African coaches were pitted against each other in this fixture.
Komphela and Tinkler, former Bafana Bafana teammates, have faced off already once this season, however that was in the Carling Black Label Cup pre-season friendly.
After years of foreign coaches issuing orders from the Soweto Derby sidelines, this year it will be two South Africans giving the orders as they look for bragging rights in Mzansi’s biggest match.