Former Orlando Pirates lethal forward Jerry “Legs Of Thunder” Sikhosana has given useful tips on how in his great playing days, he managed to navigate and would come out tops in the fierce Soweto Derby, the country’s biggest sporting event.
The former gunslinger reveals in a shot video clip shared on Orlando Pirates Instagram page and their website mobile app how sometimes resorting to mind games would work wonders in unsettling Chiefs players which would see him score goals in the blockbuster fixture, the biggest match in South African football history.
Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates resume their rivalry when the two most popular sides in southern Africa face off in a Absa Premiership fixture at FNB Stadium on Saturday.
It is the clubs’ second meeting in as many weeks with Chiefs currently enjoying a fine run with a 5 point lead in the ABSA Premiership standings and dumping Orlando Pirates out of the Telkom Knockout last weekend.
The previous weekend classic affair however hogged the limelight for the wrong reasons with several questionable refereeing decisions as well as fierce and hostile contests across the park that threatened to degenerate into fist fights especially when Bucs Thembinkosi Lorch deliberately stamped on Chiefs kingpin Khama Billiat.
Pirates could have finished with 9 men if Lorch had been rightfully reprimanded as later on right-back Mthokozisi Dube was sent off in the 50th minute for a second bookable offence, after dangerous play on the tricky Khama Billat.
The battle lines between the two arch enemies are surely drawn once again this weekend as a struggling Pirates sides seeks to redeem themselves as they currently lie in unfamiliar territory 12 points behind leaders Chiefs who are aiming to end their trophy drought.
Sikhosana was a huge menace to Kaizer Chiefs and their band of loyal supporters as he used to find the back of the net regularly to the heartache of Amakhosi faithfuls.
Legs of Thunder’s hat trick in the 1996 BoBSave SuperBowl semifinal was the last time any player scored three in a derby as Pirates’ won 4-1 in the November 1996 fixture.
Only two other players — Chiefs’ Ebson Muguyo (1975) and Pirates’ Henry Khumalo (1981) — have managed Derby hat-tricks, putting Sikhosana among an elite and exclusive group of players to shine on the grand South African football stage.
Sikhosana hopes to see more of the vibe and passion that used to captivate his generation of players whenever the two clubs in the days of old.
He hopes to see that replicated at the FNB Stadium on Saturday to give fans their money’s worth and memorable stadium experiences.
By Gerald Dandah