It’s a shame to keep fans out of stadiums

Kaizer Chiefs claimed bragging rights in Saturday’s Soweto derby, beating their great rivals Orlando Pirates 2-1 in the DStv Premiership for the second time this season.

This was another derby played against a backdrop of empty seats, with the Premier Soccer League still not allowing paying fans into the stadium, even though government regulations require 2,000 vaccinated supporters to attend such an event.

It’s a shame the authorities didn’t make some attempt to get the fans inside – instead they were forced to protest outside. Admittedly, 2000 supporters would not have created the atmosphere that a derby usually evokes. But it’s better than nothing.

On the pitch, meanwhile, AmaKhosi claimed another win to cheer the Chiefs fans up and increase their chances of finishing second to Mamelodi Sundowns at the end of the season.

Wherein lies another problem for both Chiefs and Pirates, and in turn for the derby. Sundowns suffered a surprising loss to Maritzburg United this weekend, but the chances of them losing their title race lead remain slim.

Pirates and Chiefs may be the two best supported teams in the country, but Sundowns is by far the best in the country when it comes to football.

To make the derby more important, Chiefs and Pirates must compete for the honour.

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