Soweto Derby cup hero: Kenny Niemach

Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates have met in some memorable knockout competition matches and this weekend’s Telkom Knockout semi-final between the two sides is expected to thrill. 

As they prepare to lock horns for the second time in less than a month, after their Absa Premiership meeting ended in Pirates’ favour, takes you down memory lane by looking back at cup competition heroes from both sides in the PSL era.

Today we start this feature by looking at a man who broke Pirates hearts in a BP Top 8 semi-final clash in the early 2000s, Kenny Niemach.

BP Top 8 semi-final 2001
Venue: FNB Stadium
Result: Chiefs 1 Pirates 0
Hero: Kenny Niemach

If you think scoring on debut for a club like Chiefs is massive, then imagine scoring in your first game against Amakhosi’s biggest rivals Pirates. Big striker Kenny Niemach was given the nod in the starting line-up in a semi-final clash and he did not disappoint, scoring with a powerful header after Arthur Zwane put in a good cross in the 34th minute.

News about Niemach’s signing was kept secret leading up to the game and he no doubt sprung a surprise on the Buccaneers, who did not plan to face the former Mamelodi Sundowns forward in the clash.

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