Orlando Pirates captain, Happy Jele, has sent a heartfelt message to the supporters ahead of the unique cup semi-final match against arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs.
The Buccaneers will host Amakhosi at the Orlando Stadium in the first leg MTN8 semi-final match eyeing nothing less than a victory to boost their chances of advancing to the final, a moment that Jele and the team would cherish after struggling to win trophies in recent seasons.
For the first time in history, the Soweto derby will be played without the fans at the stadium due to the country’s regulations to minimise the spread of the COVID-19.
“This coming weekend we will take on our arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN8 first leg semi-final Soweto derby. A derby is always an important game but more especially now, because there is a trophy at stake,” said Jele, speaking through the Pirates social media platforms.
“To the Orlando Pirates fans, this match is very unique because for the very first time in the history of the Soweto derby you will not be at the stadium and supporting us. I was there when we had to face Kaizer Chiefs in the back-to-back MTN8 semi-finals, and like we did back then, we will fight for the badge of Amabhakaniya,” the veteran defender added.
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