Du Preez Proud of Soweto Derby brace
Du Preez Proud of Soweto Derby brace

Posted in News, Team News on Mar 13, 2024.

Kaizer Chiefs striker Ashley Du Preez wrote his name in the history books, as he becomes the fifth player to scored two goals in a Soweto Derby in the PSL era, which started in 1996/97. He joins an elite list that boasts the likes of Keagan Dolly, Knowledge Musona, Thabang Lebese and Siyabonga Nomvethe.

On Saturday, Du Preez scored his first goal of the match in the 6th minute and completed his brace in the 44th minute of the sold-out match attended by about 80 000 spectators at FNB stadium.

Inasmuch as the Stellenbosch-born player was happy with scoring two goals, he was disappointed with the final result, as the opponents Orlando Pirates walked away with the bragging rights after coming back stronger in the second half.

“I have not scored a goal since my return from injury, so It’s an amazing feeling to be a part of history of this big match and score a brace,” Du Preez says. “Every player in South Africa would love to play in the Soweto Derby, and scoring makes it even more special. I’m glad I was able to contribute even though the final result was not what we were looking for.

“We look forward to going back to work so we, as Kaizer Chiefs, can finish strongly come the end of the season.”

Du Preez joins Keagan Dolly, who scored twice in a 2-1 home win in the 2021/22 season. Before that, Zimbabwean-born Knowledge Musona banged in a couple when Chiefs beat Pirates 3-1 in November 2010. The late Thabang Lebese’s brace came in February 1999 when Amakhosi won 2-1, and Siyabonga Nomvethe scored his two goals in a 2-2 draw in the 1999-00 season.

There were many other great players who scored two goals in the Soweto Derby before the PSL era, with the rivalry that dates back to 1970.

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