If you follow the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL), you’re certainly well aware of the Kaizer Chiefs and the Orlando Pirates, some of the best teams in the league. The teams are heated rivals, and their games are among the favourites of many sports fans in the country.
With that in mind, we wanted to talk more about this exciting and never-ending derby. We’ll tell you about the long history of the derby, the stats, which team has the most wins, who is the top scorer, and so much more. So, let’s not waste any more time and jump right in!
What Is the Soweto Derby?
The Soweto Derby is the name of the biggest rivalry of any two soccer teams in South Africa. The El Kasico, as it’s often called, is the rivalry between the Kaizer Chiefs from Naturena and the Orlando Pirates soccer club from the Houghton suburb of Johannesburg.
The rivalry is so big that it always attracts a massive following on TV and in person. It also attracts an enormous number of sports bettors. The two teams often play their wild games on the FNB Stadium, the home of the Chiefs, and the Orlando Stadium, the Pirates’ base.
These games have been going on since 1970, and the two teams have played around 170 Soweto Derbies.
The Origins of the Derby
The history of the Soweto Derby is a long one, and it traces its roots from the very beginning of the Kaizer Chiefs.
Namely, the soccer club was started on 7 January 1970 by a former Pirates star called Kaizer Motaung. He left his team to play in the defunct North American Soccer League, but he quickly returned home to form the Kaizer Chiefs.
The actual inaugural match between the Kaizer Chiefs and the Orlando Pirates happened soon after the Chiefs were formed, on 24 January 1970. The Pirates won the game with 6-4 at the Orlando Stadium.
Even though the Chiefs were still a new soccer club, the match was already dubbed the Match of the Year.
It was a given that the Chiefs would lose since they were so green, but they came back big in the first Soweto Derby league game in April of the following year, when they defeated the Pirates with 4-3.
Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates History Results
If you’re interested in placing bets on this derby, you need to hear about some numbers. But not just any numbers; you need some historical results that will help you gain a better overview of the rivalry.
When counting all the competitions where they’ve played against each other, the Chiefs and the Pirates have come head to toe 174 times by the end of 2021. The Chiefs have been the better overall. They’ve won a total of 71 matches, while the Pirates won only 44. As many as 53 games ended in a draw, while the rest were abandoned.
Even though the Chiefs won more matches, the last six games were not clear-cut. In the last game, the Chiefs barely won on penalties, with the results being 4-3. In the match before that, the game ended in a draw, while the Pirates won two games prior. However, the Chiefs also won two games before those two.
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Heroes of the Derby
Many players have made history at the Soweto Derby, like Chiefs’ Mugoyo, who scored the first hat trick at the derby in 1975. The game ended with 5-1 for the Chiefs, but the Orlando Pirates had the same massive triumph of their own in 1990 with the same result, when Rod Anley performed astonishingly well and scored two goals in the second half.
Anley’s teammate Steve Lekoelea was so good in the Soweto Derby in 1998 that he was called up to play in the national squad of South Africa.
But let’s not forget the famous goalkeeper of the Chiefs, Joseph Setlhodi, who was not only a great goalkeeper but also a goal-scorer as he scored as many as five Soweto Derby goals.
There are many other heroes, including the Chiefs’ Nelson Teenage Dladla, Fani Madida, and Siyabonga Nombete, or the Pirates’ Benni McCarthy, Jerry Sikhosana, and Jomo Sono.
The Soweto Derby Statistics
We’ve already given you some stats, but it’s time to take a deeper look at the Soweto Derby in numbers:
- The most player appearances record belongs to the former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala, with 31 appearances.
- The top goal scorer for the Chiefs is Patrick Pule Ace Ntsoelengoe with 19 goals and Jomo Sono for the Pirates with nine goals.
- The longest unbeaten run belongs to the Kaizer Chiefs, with 11 wins from 1985 to 1988.
- Mabhuti Khenyeza scored the fastest goal of the derby after barely 18 seconds since the start of the match.
- The largest victory in the game’s league history belongs to the Pirates, with their 5-1 win in 1996.
Soweto Derby FAQ
Which team has won the most Soweto Derbies?
It’s the Kaizer Chiefs who’ve won a total of 71 matches compared to the Pirates’ 44.
When was the first Soweto Derby played?
The first Soweto Derby was played on 24 January 1970, when the Orlando Pirates won 6-4 on their home turf.
How many derbies are there between Chiefs and Pirates?
At the time of writing, the Chiefs and the Pirates have played a total of 174 games. With the last match having been held on 6 November 2021, when the Chiefs won 2-1. The 175th edition of the Soweto Derby will be held on 5 March 2022.
How big is the Soweto derby?
Very. It’s likely the biggest rivalry in South African soccer. It has always attracted tens of thousands of fans to each match, with a dozen times more spectators glued to their TV sets.