Excitement builds ahead of Soweto derby

Football fans are gearing up ahead of the MTN8 final between the Bucs and Amakhozi tonight.

FILE: Football fans are gearing up ahead of the MTN8 final between the Bucs and Amakhozi tonight. Picture:Tholakele Mnganga/EWN"

JOHANNESBURG - The MTN8 final will be an all Soweto affair when Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs face of in the final.

Ahead of the game, Pirates assistant coach Eric Tinkler has had this to say.

"This is the fourth biggest derby in the world and there's a lot of pressure from both teams to get the results. There's the bragging right for the fans and it's vitally important irrespective of whether it's a friendly or R8 million prize winning game like this one is. It's a dream of every player to be able to play in a derby."

Meanwhile, Brilliant Khuzwayo will start in goal for the Glamour Boys as Itumeleng Khune is injured.

Chiefs assistant coach does not think the absence of their number one keeper, weakens his side.

"We're confident in the boy. All the three goal keepers that we have, we are certainly confident of their abilities. We don't mind not having Khune in the goals."

At the same time, football legend Lucas Radebe says the Soweto derby needs to go back to being the glamour game of the South African footballing season.

"It has to be a symbol of South African football. The derby should symbolise what we are all about as football lovers. We need to see goals. We need to see skills. I think that's what gets the crowd going."

Kick-off is at 8:15pm at Moses Mabhida Stadium.