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Soweto Derby: Basics Are Lacking

Looking at Soccer-Laduma’s stats for the past weekend’s Soweto Derby, it seems that both sides were not up to scratch regarding some of football’s basic elements.

The game between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates ended 1-1 thanks to goals from Kermit Erasmus and Kingston Nkhatha, and fans will have been disappointed to see yet another Soweto Derby end in a stalemate.

Read: Chiefs And Pirates In Derby Draw

Firstly, when it comes to passing ability, neither side had higher than a 75% successful pass rate on average, with under 70% of their forward passes reaching their intended target.

Secondly, the shooting accuracy was also poor. While Chiefs had 16 shots on goal and Pirates had 14, only 12% of the Amakhosi’s efforts were on target and 21% of the Buccaneers’ efforts troubled the goalkeeper.

The final disappointing stat to come from the game is the poor level of crossing. During the entire game Stuart Baxter’s men made 18 crosses, while Roger de Sa’s team made 22. Just 16% of Chiefs’ crosses turned out to be successful, while 45% of Pirates’ efforts reached the target.

View: A gallery of the draw between Chiefs and Pirates

Another interesting point is that both teams lost possession more than they gained it. Chiefs gained the ball 123 times in the game, losing it 159 times, while Pirates gained it 124 times, losing it 160.

Do you feel the Soweto Derby lack quality in some areas?

By Joe Crann
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