Wayne Sandilands defends against pre-Soweto Derby facts


Some of those factors include records and form prior to the day, with emotions, individual quality as well as plans and strategies coming to the fore.

Chiefs have scored a total of 15 goals, while conceding just six, in their opening 10 league and cup games this season and come into the match on the back of a four-game winning streak.

Pirates, on the contrary, have endured a turbulent start to the season, winning just four of their opening 13 fixtures so far, with young Rhulani Mokwena having to steady the ship.

But, with all this considered, Sandilands has defended that none of the aforementioned facts are relevant when it comes to a match of this magnitude.

“I guess it’s a matter of opinion on how you look at sport or matches – does form really play a part or is it about whoever shows up and performs well on one given day,” said Sandilands.

“So, if you look at it in terms of form then obviously Chiefs are in a good space and I’m sure as a collective they feel good about themselves due to all the facts mentioned, whether they’ve been free-scoring or conceding [only six goals] or winning in their last games.

“One might say, if you look on form, you can earmark them as being the favourites, but on a Derby day everybody is emotional and everyone will be up for it, so anything can happen.

“I think for us as players, we’ve got training; we’ve got plans and strategies, and I think we’ve got to just focus on implementing that and hope that individuals on the day come to the party, and we get a good result on Saturday.

“So, we’re just treating it as a match; an opportunity; a challenge, and we’ve been discussing as a group to try and just focus on ourselves right now.

“We know what we’re capable of doing, so if we can focus on what we’re good at then we will stand a good chance come Saturday.”