Two former Bafana Bafana internationals Eric Tinkler and Steve Komphela could both do with a Soweto derby victory under their belts.
With expectations always high at Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, neither coach has had an easy start to their respective tenures, even if they have reached three cup finals between the two of them in recent months.
With Chiefs looking to make up lost ground as they try and successfully defend their league title, and Pirates hoping to climb up from 11th spot on the standings, Saturday’s Soweto derby showdown is a huge one for both coaches.
Will it be the 45-year-old Tinkler, the former Bidvest Wits and Barnsley midfield hardman, or the 48-year-old Komphela, the former Free State Stars and Kaizer Chiefs central defender, who triumphs?
Here’s what the pair had to say as they drew their swords ahead of the latest derby extravaganza:
On his current status at the club:
“I had a meeting with the chairman. He has showed a lot of support towards me and the technical team.
“I like to believe it’s the work I’ve done over the last 3 years hence the chairman has belief in me.
“We are all aware that we need to climb up the table.”
On Saturday’s game:
“The mindset going into this game is positive because we know that we have to start climbing the table.”
“If we continue believing then the results will come.
“Shabba and Letsholonyane are threats to us.”
On possible new signings for Chiefs:
“We do buisness in private and we make announcements in public.
“At no stage did I mention that there’s a need for a striker.”
On past form:
“Reaching 2 finals is okay but it’s not good enough.”
“The previous matches against Pirates count for nothing.”
“Any coach that lives in the past, is facing the danger of perishing.”