Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates, October 31, 2015

Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates was a 2015/2016 Absa Premiership football match contested on Saturday afternoon of October 31, 2015 at 15:30 at FNB Stadium in Nasrec, Soweto, Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa. The match marked the 156th official Soweto Derby.

Thamsanqa Gabuza and Ivan Bukenya Soweto Derby 31 October 2015
Competition 2015/16 Absa Prem
Administrator Premier Soccer League
Season 2015-2016
Home Team Kaizer Chiefs
Away Team Orlando Pirates
Date October 31, 2015
Time 15:30 (South Africa)
Venue FNB Stadium
City Johannesburg, RSA
Attendance 90,000
Weather Scattered Clouds
30°C (86 °F)
14% humidity


Half-time Score 1-1
Full-time Score 1-3
KCFC Goal Scorer Eric Mathoho 43′
OPFC Goal Scorer Issa Sarr 25′
Ayanda Gcaba 54′
Thamsanqa Gabuza 82′

Match Officials

Referee Khulasande Qongqo
Assistants Peter Rabophara
Luvuyo Pupuma
Fourth Official Victor Hlungwani
Commissioner Job D. Smith

The Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates took place on October 31, 2015 at FNB Stadium in Nasrec, Soweto, Johannesburg in Gauteng province, South Africa and marked the 156th official meeting between these Soweto rivals.

Kaizer Chiefs went into an 15th Soweto Derby on the back of two consecutive victories, a draw and a win – in all competitions. Those two consecutive victories came against the same opposition, Mpumalanga Black Aces, in the 2015/16 Absa Premiership and in the 2015 Telkom Knockout.

Prior to facing Mpumalanga Black Aces twice Kaizer Chiefs had been held to a 1-all draw by Ajax Cape Town in a league match, dispatched Platinum Stars 3-0 in the 2015 Telkom Knockout and held to a goalless draw by Jomo Cosmos in a league match.

Orlando Pirates went in the 156th Soweto Derby on the back of the overall contrasting run having produced some of the most spectacular victories in Africa on the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup but failed to register a victory in five consecutive 2015/16 Absa Premiership matches.

Orlando Pirates last five matches in all competitions ahead of the Soweto Derby had seen the register three victories and two defeats. Out of those three victories two had come against the Egyptian football powerhouse, Al Ahly, in  the two legged 2015 CAF Confederation Cup semi-final.

However in the Absa Premiership Orlando Pirates had not registered a victory in five consecutive games having been defeated, then played two draws and the defeated twice in a row; the final loss before the Soweto Derby being a 0-2 humbling at the hands of the returning Lamontville Golden Arrows.

Prior to the Golden Arrows defeat Orlando Pirates overcame the struggling KwaZulu-Natal side, Maritzburg United, 2-0 in the 2015 Telkom Knockout. The three matches before that were 3-4 victory over Al Ahly in Egypt and a 2-1 extra-time victory over the struggling Pretoria University.

Orlando Pirates had successfully reached the final of the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup, the semi-final of 2015 Telkom Knockout but continued to consistently struggle in the league. This had become a source of unhappiness for the fans of the team who were calling for the head coach to be fired.

Kaizer Chiefs themselves had not been very consistent in the league; they had registered three consecutive draws, 1-all against Pretoria University, 1-all draw against Ajax Cape Town and a goalless draw the struggling Jomo Cosmos before securing a 1-0 victory against Mpumalanga Black Aces.

Based on league matches only; Orlando Pirates was having one of their worst season on record having collected five points out of a possible 21 (in seven league matches) – essentially averaging less than a point per game. while Kaizer Chiefs was hardly having a good season, particular in comparison to the previous one where they were undefeated after eight matches.



Recent Meetings

In the last five meetings between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates the latter had not registered a single victory while the former had registered three with the other two ties ending in a draw. Orlando Pirates last defeated Kaizer Chiefs in a Benni McCarthy inspired March 17, 2012 3-2 victory. Most notably Kaizer Chiefs defeated Orlando Pirates three times in a row; 1-0 in the league (2013/14 season),  1-0 in the 2014 MTN 8 Final and later defeated them 2-0 in the 2014/15 league match which was played at a later than scheduled date in the wake of Senzo Meyiwa‘s death.


The Match

Kaizer Chiefs were the quickest of the two teams off the blocks coming very close to scoring in the second minute when Camaldine Abraw spotted Edward Manqele and attempted to set him up only for the pass to be intercepted by Orlando Pirates centre back, Siyabonga Sangweni, inside the box. Orlando Pirates began to surge forward dominating possession while Kaizer Chiefs resigned themselves to defending absorbing the pressure being put on the by the visitors.

In the 15th minute Orlando Pirates forward Kermit Erasmus took a shot from range but his effort sail over the crossbar; in the 16th minute Thabo Rakhale (Orlando Pirates midfielder) forced a save out of Itumeleng Khune with a shot from range. In the 25th minute Orlando Pirates efforts finally paid off when Itumeleng Khune’s clearance ended on Issa Sarr’s way and he made no mistake from close range putting the sea robbers 1-0 up.

In the 34th minute Kermit Erasmus set up Thabo Matlaba after good run down the right-hand side leaving behind Kaizer Chiefs defender Ivan Bukenya; however, the Orlando Pirates left-back (Thabo Matlaba) fired wide. In the 39th minute Orlando Pirates goalkeeper, Siyabonga Mpontshane, was called into action in the 39th minute when he came out to collect Siphiwe Tshabalala’s corner-kick. In the 44th minute Kaizer Chiefs centre back, Eric Mathoho, headed pass Siyabonga Mpontshane to put the home side back on level terms.

In the second half Kaizer Chiefs had the earliest opportunity when they were awarded a free-kick in a promising position; however, Siphiwe Tshabalala’s effort was off target. In the 55th minute Orlando Pirates defender, Ayanda Gcaba, scored with his head to put the visitors in front again. As the match progressed both sides attacked back and forth with Kaizer Chiefs intent on gaining control of the game and Orlando Pirates dead set on putting the home side to the sword.

In the 67th minute Edward Manqele tried to set up Camaldine Abraw but Orlando Pirates midfielder, Thandani Ntshumayelo, had the presence of mind to make a brilliant tackle and cut off the ensuing home attack. In the 72nd minute Kermit Erasmus took a shot on target but Itumeleng Khune pushed it away for a corner-kick. That corner-kick led to Issa Sarr’s attempt at goal but Itumeleng Khune denied him. In the 82nd minute Thamsanqa Gabuza found himself on the end of Kermit Erasmus’ good work and made no mistake putting the Bucs 3-1 up and the scored remained so until the final whistle.




Kaizer Chiefs Logo New Orlando Pirate Logo

Starting XI

32. Itumeleng Khune 40. Siyabonga Mpontshane
05. Siboniso Gaxa Substituted 90′ 02. Ayanda Gcaba  55
24. Tsepo Masilela 34. Ntsikelelo Nyauza
30. Ivan Bukenya
21. Siyabonga Sangweni 90+2′
03. Eric Mathoho 44′
08. Thabo Matlaba (C)
31. Willard Katsande 72′
05. Mpho Makola 75′
06. Reneilwe Letsholonyane 06. Thandani Ntshumayelo  46′ Substituted 83′
14. Siphiwe Tshabalala (C) 18. Issa Sarr 25
17. George Lebese Substituted 72′ 25. Thabo Rakhale 
09. Camaldine Abraw Substituted 86′
95. Kermit Erasmus Substituted 86′
22. Edward Manqele Substituted 78′ 31. Thamsanqa Gabuza  8250′ Substituted 89′ 


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 All Substitutions NOT in Numerical Order All Substitutions NOT in Numerical Order
16. Brilliant Khuzwayo 42. Felipe Ovono
35. Lucky Baloyi
15. Thabo Qalinge
26. Lorenzo Gordinho 26. Menzi Masuku 
12. George Maluleka Substituted 78′ 32. Tshepo Gumede
25. Bernard Parker Substituted 72′
33. Edwin Gyimah  Substituted 83′
18. Kgotso Moleko  38. Gift Motupa Substituted 86′
20. Siphelele Mthembu Substituted 86′ 45. Lehlohonolo Majoro Substituted 89′

Match Statistics

 –% Possession –%
Shots on Target
1 Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 0


Yellow Card
Goal Scorer
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