Orlando Pirates' Alfred Ndengane relishing Soweto Derby debut


Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs are set to once again renew their rivalry this Saturday at the FNB Stadium, as they face-off in an all-important Absa Premiership tie.

The two SA football giants often bring the country to a standstill as fans flock to Soweto from all corners of the country to witness the action live and up close.

In fact, even players from other teams often turn their attention to the match, choosing between The Buccaneers and Amakhosi – both of whom many have ambitions to one day represent.

It was no different for Ndengane, who could be making his debut in the Derby this weekend, as he recalls how his former Bloemfontein Celtic teammates used to get excited about the match.

“It’s every player’s dream to play in the Soweto Derby and if given the opportunity I will be grateful,” said Ndengane on Pirates’ official website.

“The Derby is one of my dreams and I am sure playing there will be a great confidence booster for my career. It’s no secret that this is a massive game, despite what people may have been saying about it over the years.

“I recall in my Celtic days, we used to look forward to this game even when we weren’t part of it. This is a game that has everyone talking, one way or another.

“It would be an honour to represent Orlando Pirates and get the opportunity to put my name in the history books of this great game, as one of the players to have played a part in the biggest spectacle of South African sport. 

“I hope that I can make a positive contribution towards the team performance.”