Obua on the league double for Chiefs

 

10 December 2005

At FNB Stadium

 

Orlando Pirates 0

Kaizer Chiefs 1

 

Kaizer Chiefs have produced many players from the rest of the African continent who shone for the Amakhosi in gold and black, and Uganda’s David Obua is certainly one of those on that illustrious list.

At the FNB Stadium on 10 December 2005, it was the lanky Ugandan’s turn to write his name in Soweto Derby history, when he grabbed the game’s winner.

Obua had been on the scoresheet when Chiefs had won the earlier clash in the season 2-0 just six weeks earlier. But with Pirates designated the ‘home’ team in the corresponding clash at FNB, Chiefs were in search of their first away win over Pirates in seven years.

Ernst Middendorp’s planning and tactics for the game were spot on, and Obua scored the game’s only goal in the 32nd minute, becoming the first Chiefs player in the PSL era to score in both league games against Pirates in the same season.

He also become the first Chiefs player since Doctor Khumalo in 1987 to score in home and away league games against Pirates in the same campaign, with a resolute Chiefs again managing to keep a clean sheet.

Amakhosi goalkeeper Emile Baron made a number of fine stops to keep his second clean sheet of the season against Pirates, the first time in the PSL era since the 1996-97 season that Chiefs had kept a clean sheet in both league games against Pirates.

The win also ensured that Chiefs would secure a league double over Pirates for the first time in the PSL era, and also the first time they managed this feat against their old rivals since 1992.

It was a tactical master class that ensured Chiefs would have bragging rights for the season. With another five months to go to the end of the campaign there was even more cause for Chiefs fans to celebrate, as they defeated Pirates in the Absa Cup Final.

“What we achieved in 2005/06 I can’t really explain. Pirates were and still are our biggest rivals and those games against them were always special. It meant a lot to us as it was the first time that we had managed to beat them home and away in league games since 1992. To become part of the history of the club was special. When you have love for the club it’s always special and you can’t erase those memories,” said Obua.