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The Soweto Trophy Drought Continues…

Orlando Pirates are out of the MTN8, meaning that Soweto’s wait for a trophy will last until at least the end of the year as Kaizer Chiefs also remain in a drought…
The Buccaneers were beaten 1-0 by Highlands Park on Saturday night as Rulani Mokwena took charge of the first team for the first time, and the Amakhosi missed out by finishing ninth in last year’s Absa Premiership.
It now means that the Soweto giants, who have for so long dominated the South African game, will have to wait until the Telkom Knockout trophy – at the earliest – before getting a chance to end their barren spell and get their hands on some significant silverware.
Pirates last won a trophy in May 2014 when they lifted the Nedbank Cup trophy in Durban, while Chiefs’ silverware drought began the following season when their league title in 2015 became the last trophy that they managed to lift.
Both teams will be itching to bring their unfortunate runs to an end in 2019/20 with the Telkom Knockout, Absa Premiership or Nedbank Cup (Bucs also have the CAF Champions League to aim for), while the MTN8 will end up in the hands of Highlands, Mamelodi Sundowns, Polokwane City or SuperSport United in early October.
Their MTN8 defeat to the Lions of the North means that it’s now 1920 days since Bucs won a trophy, while Chiefs are at 1563 days since they beat Chippa United on the last day of the 2014/15 campaign to get their hands on the league title.
Do you think the Soweto giants can win something this year?


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