Soweto giants to meet in MTN8 semi

Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates will meet in the one semifinal of the MTN8 Cup.

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter

JOHANNESBURG - The Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates will face one another over two legs in the MTN8 semi-finals.

Today's draw pitted the Soweto giants together with Platinum Stars and Bidvest Wits facing each other in the other semi-final.

The venues and dates are yet to be announced.

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter says he views the Soweto Derby matches so early in the season as good preparations for the rest of their campaign.

"It's two derbies so early in the season so we will see. It's a different format with there being a home and away game. It's a challenge but on the other hand it will be good preparation for a long season."

Baxter says derbies have become notorious for producing underwhelming football and hopes this won't be the case this time around.

"I think it will be nice if these two games produce two top class advertisements for South African football. Sometimes we don't do that because everybody is so hyped up. I don't think complacency will creep in anywhere. That's the last thing I need to worry about."

Orlando Pirates coach Roger De Sá says the two-leg Soweto derby will add a lot of excitement to local football.

"Remember there are three hours of football. It's two giants coming up against each other and it's a long process. It's almost like a five day cricket test when you play a game like this. It will be slightly different to your normal once off match, but nevertheless it's just as exciting with all the glamour. It's so fantastic to be a part of it."

Roger De Sá says the task of playing two legs with Chiefs could be a blessing and a curse for both sides.

"It sometimes becomes difficult, but other times you get a chance to recover and maybe correct things. If you do well you don't want the second leg, but if you don't do too well you look forward to that second leg to try and repair a few things and recover the result."

He also adds that even though they lost to Chiefs in the Carling Black Label Cup recently, the task of facing AmaKhosi again is not that daunting.

"It's a great game to play in all the time. It doesn't matter what stage of the competition it is. It's always one that we look forward to and I think the whole country looks forward to this one so why not now? Let's do it over two legs and have a good time again.