Moeneeb Slimkat Josephs - in the goal for Orlando Pirates

People know who they support – you are either a Buccaneer or and Amakhosi supporter ! This weekend’s Soweto Derby will once again be a mighty battle between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs in the Telkom Knockout final.

It was Pirates all the way in the MTN8 in October, but the Sea Robbers were recently humbled 3 -1 in the league by Vlad’s Amakhosi, who are looking hot favourites for Saturday’s game at Soccer City.

According to Kickoff.com Kaizer Chiefs coach Vladimir Vermezovic says he expect Siphiwe Tshabalala to be inspired in the Telkom Knockout Final after his nomination this week by Safa for the Player of the Year award.

Local football’s controlling body will hold their awards ceremony on Friday and ‘Shaba’ will battle it out with SuperSport United’s Bongani Khumalo and Everton’s Steven Pienaar for the right to be called Safa’s Player of the Year. Vermezovic has already declared Tshabalala a winner.

SAFA CEO Leslie Sedibe said: “The awards present an opportunity for the association to recognise excellence in various disciplines of the beautiful game.

“The SAFA Awards are also viewed as a culmination and celebration of the many achievements and grand contributions made by individuals and institutions across the broad spectrum of our society

But back to Saturday’s game. According to Football 365.co.za Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs is confident he won’t concede in Saturday’s Telkom Knockout final against Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium.

Slim Kat’ shipped three goals in the 3-1 loss against Bucs’ fiercest rivals on November 13 at the same venue, but he told Football365.co.za he will go all out to prevent it from happening this time around.

He said: “We can’t forget the 1-3 loss it even though we have been trying too hard to forget but we can’t. It is on our minds, but we have a chance now to turn the tables around.

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