Soweto derby in numbers: Khune and Jele hold current records

Soweto derby in numbers: Khune and Jele hold current records

South Africans are salivating at the prospect of another epic encounter between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs. Ahead of the much-anticipated Soweto derby, shares some fascinating numbers behind one of the biggest football matches.

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The Soweto derby is one of the biggest fixtures in world football and regularly attracts crowds in excess of 80 000.

Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs will write another chapter in their illustrious history on Saturday as the two sides will clash at the FNB stadium.

This year's showdown promises to be one to remember as both teams are on the up and it could have a huge impact on the Absa Premiership title race.

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In 2019, the fixture attracted a crowd of 88 000 spectators and another full house is expected this year.

Although the capacity is set as 94 736, the extra security measures for the derby necessitate a lower attendance.

Chiefs hold the ascendancy over Pirates, as they've mustered 68 victories thus far. The Buccaneers have managed 41 victories thus far.

The Amakhosi also boast a superior goal-scoring record with 218, while Pirates have scored 179 times.

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Of the current crop of players, Happy Jele and Itumeleng Khune boast the most appearances in the fixture, with 27 each.

However, the overall record is held by former Chiefs star Siphiwe Tshabalala, who racked up 31 appearances.

Former Chiefs striker Mabhuti Khenyeza holds the record for the fastest-ever goal in the derby, when he netted after only 19 seconds in 2007.

The last hat-trick in the fixture took place 24 years ago when Jerry Sikhosana ran riot for the Buccaneers in 1996.

Off the pitch, understands that 800 police officers and 1 000 security staff will be deployed to the venue.

Although both teams enjoy phenomenal support, Pirates may have some extra fans on the day. previously reported that Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has made a desperate plea to Masandawana supporters to rally behind the Buccaneers on the day.

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