Soweto derby becomes CAF Champions League playoff

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Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates will be playing for far more then bragging rights in Mzansi’s biggest derby…

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SOWETO DERBY NOW A CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PLAYOFF

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The match is now basically a CAF Champions League play-off match.

Both teams level on 32 points in third and fourth place respectively. It is Chiefs who sit in third place and currently occupy the final spot for African football, ironically the spot that Pirates earned last season.

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Third place grants qualification into the CAF Confederation Cup but that is not the spot they want, both teams want to play in the biggest tournament in Africa – the CAF Champions League.

In order to do so, they need to finish in second spot. With Mamelodi Sundowns all but wrapping up top spot, this is what is left for both Chiefs and Pirates to fight for in the DStv Premiership.

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So, the Soweto derby has now become a CAF playoff game for both sides.

With the winning side will go a long way in qualifying for CAFCL football next season.

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The losing side is will likely be left playing for the final Confederation Cup spot.

MaMkhize’s Royal AM currently occupy second spot, on 33 points, just one above both Amakhosi and the Buccaneers.

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Meaning a draw in this derby would strongly dent BOTH sides chances of African football next season. Throw this into the fact that it is Mzansi’s biggest derby and bragging rights in Soweto are up for grabs and we have a massive encounter in store!

Orlando Pirates host Kaizer Chiefs at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday, 5 March 2022.

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