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Bucs Legend: There Will Always Be Tension In Derby

Whilst many have bemoaned the lacklustre draw between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs in the Soweto Derby this past Saturday, with Bucs coach Eric Tinkler also alluding to the tension among the players partly contributed by the supporters, Pirates legend, John “Dungi” Moeti has simply reasoned that tension will always be part of the derby.

Pirates Must express themselves 

Speaking to the crew, the former box-to-box midfielder emphasised that tension was what makes a derby a derby; however it’s all in how players react to it which ultimately determines the success of the game or not.

“All around the world derbies are filled with a tense atmosphere. In some countries in Europe and South America it’s even worse because those fans are real fanatical when it comes to their team,” said Dungi.

“Think when Celtic plays Rangers in the Scottish league or when Barcelona takes on Real Madrid, the atmosphere is electrifying.”

“However it’s all in the players. In our days we would feed off the tension and play some of the best football in our careers, however nowadays players seem to go into their shells when it's the derby,” added the Bucs legend.

“When we played Chiefs we wanted to make them feel the hurt of losing and I’m sure it was the same for them. Today when you watch these two teams play it’s a case of nobody wanting to make a mistake. Even the skilful players would rather make a safe pass rather than taking on the defender.”

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“Players need to learn to enjoy this occasion, it’s sad when supporters invest so much time and money into the derby to watch a goalless draw, " concluded Dungi. 

Moeti: The Derby Is Tradition

Moeti: Pirates Must Express Themselves


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