Register Login Scores

Soweto Derby

Pirates’ Defensive Derby Conundrum Intensifies

Orlando Pirates coach Mandla Ncikazi admits that his side’s worryingly thin defence is an area of concern ahead of the highly anticipated Soweto Derby this weekend.

With inspirational captain Happy Jele a doubt after hobbling off with what appeared to be a serious injury last week, the Buccaneers' worst nightmare came to light as impressive centre back Olisah Ndah was another injury casualty in their 2-1 win over Sekhukhune, leaving their central defence looking stretched.

Check out the 6 retired jerseys at Chiefs & Pirates...

Ncikazi has voiced his concern over the Nigerian’s fitness ahead of the highly-anticipated match-up.

“We will wait for the medical report, how serious it is – but [I am] concerned a bit,” he told journalists.

“It is the story of our lives in almost every match we lose a player, and the sad part is that it is not injuries from training. It is just injuries that are out of our control.”

“I am just hoping that he is okay for the next match, because he plays an integral part in our team,” he added.

Pirates do still have Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Thulani Hlatshwayo and Kwanda Mngonynama available for the clash, but will be hoping the 25-year-old can shake off the injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s encounter.

Kick off is scheduled for 15:30pm.

Who do you think will win the Soweto Derby? 

Main Siya Stories

PSL Exco To Hold Talks On Fans For Soweto Derby

Prosecutor On Makola ‘Assault’ Charges

34 comments

Top 5

12 Of Chiefs' January Transfer Window Signings

33 Jan 12, 2022 09:59 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Managers Who’ve Already Been Sacked This Season

1 Nov 08, 2021 12:26 PM in English Premier League

Latest Setback Brings Downs Top Scorer To A Halt

2 Jan 12, 2022 01:32 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

7 Players Xavi Could Get Rid Of At Barca

5 Nov 09, 2021 01:26 PM in LaLiga

'Unhappy' Ronaldo Breaks Silence

1 Jan 13, 2022 08:22 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

CAF Make Decision On AFCON Clash After Ref Drama

19 Jan 14, 2022 07:34 AM in AFCON

Ronaldo 'Forced' Out Of Training

4 Jan 14, 2022 01:25 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

Pirates Under Pressure To Make Zungu Decision

12 Jan 13, 2022 11:28 AM in Orlando Pirates

'World Richest Footballer' Finds New Club

9 Dec 27, 2021 02:35 PM in World News

Amrouche Explains SA Visit, References Chiefs Link

16 Jan 13, 2022 01:02 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

All The Stadiums That Will Host Afcon Matches

2 Dec 10, 2021 07:29 PM in African Football

Chiefs To Lose Out On Mzansi’s Hottest Talent?

137 Jan 11, 2022 04:53 PM in Kaizer Chiefs