Remember David Radebe – the former Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana striker with pace for days? Well, Ernst Middendorp says he was a typical Soweto Derby player, meaning his form was hardly a factor going into the match against Orlando Pirates.
The two worked together during the German coach’s first spell at Naturena between 2005 and 2007 and Radebe was known for his inconsistency in front of goal.
But Middendorp said he knew he could always rely on him to be at his best when they faced bitter rivals Pirates, but not expect much more before or after.
“It’s definitely a very interesting subject and for researching. The DNA, if it can be possible to identify that somebody is a player for a derby. I can give you an example, there was a player at Kaizer Chiefs in the past – and his best performance was in the derby,” Middendorp said prior to the Soweto Derby at the weekend.
“You know which one, David Radebe. If you bring him to the derby then boom, but you bring him a week later against whichever teams and it’s like he brought his twin brother. It was like this, when it came to the derby it was irrelevant how he performed before. You just say ‘Radebe, you are playing’. There are many (like that).”
Radebe, now 40 and retired, spent five years at Chiefs and his biggest trait was speed, but he was hardly a prolific goalscorer.