Ndoro con­fi­dent of vic­tory in Soweto derby

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

OR­LANDO Pi­rates hit­man Tendai Ndoro is bub­bling with con­fi­dence ahead of one of the big­gest fix­tures on the African con­ti­nent, the Soweto derby against Kaizer Chiefs to­mor­row af­ter­noon.

The for­mer Chicken Inn striker, who is also a key mem­ber of the War­riors’ squad, told the South African me­dia that it is matches like th­ese which sep­a­rate boys from men.

“Th­ese are the matches that sep­a­rate boys from men and ev­ery player that plays for ei­ther team wants to do well.

“That is the dream game! The con­fi­dence is high after beat­ing Golden Ar­rows 2-1. As for the Ned­bank Cup match, it was a sea­son de­cider for us be­cause we wanted to go to the next round.

“I played a great match. My com­po­sure and fin­ish­ing was good be­cause I took both goals well. All I want now is for the team to win,” Ndoro told the Sowe­tan.

Ndoro’s brace con­demned Chiefs to a 2-0 de­feat in the Ned­bank Cup back in March and will again be the tar­get man for the Buc­ca­neers to­mor­row.

Chiefs boast of three Zim­bab­weans in their squad, hard­man Wil­lard Kat­sande and the for­mer Chicken Inn duo of Ed­more Chi­ram­badare and Michelle Katsvairo, al­though Chi­ram­badare has not en­joyed much game time.

Ac­cord­ing to the Sowe­tan, to­mor­row’s derby will mark the 160th of­fi­cial clash be­tween the two South African giants, with the Buc­ca­neers un­beaten in their last five head-to­head clashes, but still trail­ing their archri­vals in the over­all stats.

Chiefs last beat Pi­rates in De­cem­ber 2014, and have gone on to lose and draw twice.

To­mor­row’s clash is the first since the two clubs were drawn to­gether in the first round of the Ned­bank Cup.

That match marked Soc­cer City tak­ing over as the venue most used for the derby, with 61 matches be­tween Chiefs and Pi­rates played there com­pared to 60 for Or­lando Sta­dium‚ which is where the clubs first met al­most five decades ago.

Over the last 10 head-to-head clashes‚ Chiefs have won three to two for Pi­rates.

But half of the re­cent meet­ings have ended in draws‚ re­flect­ing how com­pet­i­tive the en­counter has be­come.

Over­all, Chiefs have won 67 of their past clashes com­pared to 38 for Pi­rates, with 49 draws and five aban­doned.

Chiefs lead the goal count with 208 to 168‚ with Pule “Ace” Nt­soe­len­goe as their top scorer on 19 goals, while Jomo Sono’s nine is the record for Pi­rates.

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