Five things learnt from Soweto Derby

With plenty – good and bad – to digest from the season’s second Soweto Derby, focuses on five key aspects picked up from Kaizer Chiefs’ Telkom Knockout tie with Orlando Pirates.

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Chiefs’ poor defence

Siyabonga Ngezana and Mario Booysen’s partnership is proving very volatile. In their last five fixtures together, the pair have kept just two clean sheets while conceding five goals in total – including four in their two fixtures against Orlando Pirates. In Saturday’s Telkom Knockout semi-final, they looked very uncertain and lacked decisiveness in dealing with threats. On the fringes is Teenage Hadebe – their only left-footed centre-back, who has played just two matches this season. Despite being one of the key defensive figures last season, he seems not to be in Giovanni Solinas’s plans as he was left out of the matchday squad on the weekend.

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Pirates’ improved finishing

Pirates seem to have found their scoring boots, having scored nine goals in their last five fixtures – failing only to find the back of the net against Mamelodi Sundowns. The Buccaneers’ investment in finishing coach Stephane Adam is beginning to show dividends, as goals are now looking like a surety in each game. The likes of Vincent Pule, Thembinkosi Lorch, Justin Shonga and Augustine Mulenga have all chipped in for a combined 16 goals so far this season.

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Chiefs’ misfiring stars

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