Derbies bring out the best in players

“You can sense the anticipation in the camp,” Ernst Middendorp has made this observation during the preparation for the mouthwatering Soweto Derby. The coach is weary of the anxiety that might creep in if there are no proper controls. “It is a matter of the players managing the situation. If you try to do too much or get worried about the atmosphere in the stadium, you might fall short.”

No doubt Derbies are exceptional and tend to bring the best out of both teams. Middendorp describes the Derby: “it is one game where two teams are seen as equal and chasing the same goals. We want to go on with our pattern. We don’t allow the hype to change our approach. We are not focusing on the opponents. We are looking much on what we can do. We are on a good run and we want to continue to win games.”

“We have still a few injury concerns. Kearyn Baccus is still out. We have Reeve Frosler back and available for selection. The mood in the camp is great and everybody is ready.”

FNB Stadium is the venue for the 15:30 kick-off. Three points and bragging rights is the bone of contention between the two archrivals as Kaizer Chiefs host Orlando Pirates in a sold-out affair.