A Soweto Derby is a titanic contest that may make or ruin a player’s career. Therefore, it is essential that personnel play the game, not the occasion.
However, according to Mihlali Baleka, certain Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs players disregarded this directive during Saturday’s match at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.
Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo – Pirates
Since his arrival, Ndlondlo had participated in two sold-out MTN8 semi-finals for Pirates, but the Soweto Derby would be a different kettle of fish.
And rather of sticking to his strategy, he desired to be flamboyant. Consequently, he cost the squad dearly by losing possession, which led to Yusuf Maart’s spectacular goal.
Khama Billiat – Chiefs
Billiat has had a forgettable first half of the season, and he didn’t help his situation on Saturday by squandering possession and being ineffective.
If he wants his contract to be renewed, he’ll need to pull up his socks since the second half of the season will be extremely demanding, with numerous matches.
Ashley du Preez – Chiefs
In the first half, Du Preez missed two clear-cut opportunities inside five minutes, a feat that could have come back to haunt him if Chiefs had lost.
However, he has Maart to thank for his survival. With the team scheduled to take a vacation, he will have ample opportunity to work on his finishing.
Monnapule Saleng – Pirates
Saleng was the most in-form player in the league before to the Derby. However, he fell short of expectations at a sold-out Calabash.
Njabulo Blom observed Saleng like a hawk, foiling his attacks and prevailing in their duels. Therefore, Saleng must strive for greater consistency.
James Monyane – Pirates
On Saturday, Monyane, a right winger known for his ability to go back and forth, make tackles, and cross the ball, was not at his best.
He did not contribute much to the Pirates’ offensive play. And this is why he must understand that regardless of the buzz, the best strategy is always to play his typical game.