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Soweto Derby

Oupa Nkosi/Twenty Ten

Location: Soweto, South Africa

When Kaizer Motaung left Soweto’s oldest football club, Orlando Pirates, in 1970 to form his own club, fans were divided and a long tale of rivalry began.

The Kaizer Chiefs grew from strength to strength, soon becoming Orlando Pirates’ greatest adversary. Growing up in Soweto, locals can recall a time when matches between the teams would create palpable tension among supporters, often sparking violent outbursts in the stadium.

Rumour has it that whenever the Pirates beat the Chiefs, beers were sold for half price in the Orlando shebeens, but if the Pirates lost, there would be blood shed in the streets.

These days, when the Soweto Derby kicks off in the Soweto Stadium, fans stand side by side in their teams’ colours, and an atmosphere of friendly competition can be enjoyed. Orlando Pirates’ fans arrive kitted out in their black and white gear, a stark contrast to the yellow kit of the Kaizer Chiefs’ supporters. After the match, the fans leave the stadium in good spirits and go on to share a drink together in the shebeen.

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