Here’s the strategy for Kaizer Chiefs to conclude 2023 in a better position than Orlando Pirates.

Here’s the strategy for Kaizer Chiefs to conclude 2023 in a better position than Orlando Pirates.

The Iconic Rivalry: Kaizer Chiefs vs. Orlando Pirates

In the realm of world football, few rivalries rival the intensity and history shared between the Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

This iconic clash has long captivated the imagination of fans, painting a vivid picture of competition and passion within South African football.

Shifting Dynamics: A Tale of Recent Years

Recent seasons, however, have witnessed a shift in dynamics, altering the landscape for both sets of passionate supporters.

The dominance of Mamelodi Sundowns has relegated the aspirations of Amakhosi and the Buccaneers to vie for a position above their cross-town adversaries, rather than direct championship contention.

Historical Tug-of-War: A Tally of Seasons

Since the inception of the professional era of the PSL in 1996/97, a tug-of-war has ensued between these two giants.

Kaizer Chiefs have clinched superiority over Orlando Pirates in 14 out of 27 seasons, while the Buccaneers have claimed the honors 13 times, underscoring the closeness of their historical battle for supremacy.

Title Pursuits and DStv Premiership Standings

While both clubs boast four league titles each, Orlando Pirates’ last triumph was in the 2011/12 season, compared to Kaizer Chiefs’ more recent success in 2014/15.

As the current DStv Premiership log reveals, the ongoing season promises another tightly contested showdown between these perennial adversaries.

Present Standings and Impending Showdown

Orlando Pirates, standing fifth with 25 points from 16 matches, have concluded their fixtures for the year.

Meanwhile, Kaizer Chiefs, positioned sixth with 23 points from 15 matches, are gearing up to face Sekhukhune United in their final clash of the year, a match that could potentially propel them above their archrivals.

Bragging Rights and Seasonal Break

A victory for interim coach Cavin Johnson’s squad could see them surpass Orlando Pirates in the standings, granting the Glamour Boys the much-coveted bragging rights as the 2023 AFCON interrupts the ongoing season.

Both teams are set for a hiatus until mid-February before resuming league action.

Beyond the Horizon: AFCON 2023 Exclusions

As the league pauses, attention also turns to the AFCON 2023, with exclusions and inclusions from Bafana Bafana’s squad spotlighting players from both Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

This juncture offers a glimpse into the larger footballing landscape awaiting these clubs beyond domestic competition.

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