Super 6 who scored for both Bucs and Amakhosi in derbies
Many players have featured for both clubs but there is a unique band of who have scored in the derby for both
When Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates meet on Saturday, several players will have had a foot in both camps but just one who has played for both.
Joseph Molongoane is unlikely to be fit for the latest derby after he suffered a broken leg earlier this year but ex-Pirates junior Daniel Cardoso and Mpho Makola, who once was in Chiefs’ academy, could get a run.
Chiefs’ early players all had Pirates roots and so the crossing of the floor between the protagonists is a part of the DNA of their rivalry. But once Chiefs were established, up and running and very quickly a leading power, crossing the floor became an issue and is still a sensitive decision almost 50 years later.
Many players have featured for both clubs but there is unique band of six who have scored in the derby for both: GABRIEL KHOZA
The defender was the first man to score in the derby for both teams. “Tikkie” Khoza, who was a colossus in the air and seldom beaten in an aerial challenge, netted for Pirates in 1971 Life Challenge Cup final. Then, after moving to Chiefs three years later, got a goal at the start of the 1975 season as Chiefs hammered Pirates 3-0 in the first leg of the Champion of Champions final at Umlazi.
Mgidi scored the first of seven derby goals in the colours of Pirates in early 1972 in the first leg of the Champion of Champions final, which ended in a 3-3 draw. He got another in the return, which Chiefs famously won 7-3. He managed four more derby goals for the Buccaneers up to 1975 but made a surprise switch just after the season started and in May was playing for Chiefs, snapping up the rebound after Banks Setlhodi’s penalty hit the crossbar. Mgidi, who started his career at Moroka Swallows, is the only player to ever score for both Chiefs and Pirates in a single year.
Sadike played for both clubs but claimed he was happiest when he broke down racial barriers and became the first black player at Highlands Park, the dominant white club of its time. Originally from Orlando, he got a double for Chiefs in 1974 in a 3-0 league win over Pirates and another goal a year later in the BP Top 16 competition. In 1997 he scored for Bucs against Chiefs in the Champions of Champions final and again when the two sides met in the 1981 Mainstay Cup final. In 1983, he got a third derby goal for Pirates against Chiefs, making for a total of six – three for either side.
Khuse was plucked from under Chiefs’ radar by a conniving headmaster who was a Pirates supporter and persuaded him to pick Bucs over Chiefs, where he really wanted to go. In the last derby of the old NPSL, Khuse set up the first goal for Nick Seshweni and scored the second himself as Pirates won 2-0 at Ellis Park in late 1984. He soon switched sides and scored for Chiefs in 1989 and again in 1991.
A teenage prodigy at Chiefs, who scored on his league debut, Maponyane scored a total of 10 derby goals for Chiefs against Pirates between 1982 and 1989. He is the fourth highest all-time scorer for Chiefs in derby matches but left the club after a row over a pay rise to join Dynamos in 1991. In 1993 he controversially signed for Pirates and was sent off in the derby that Pirates won 3-2 at Soccer City in September of that year. But a year later he got a derby goal for Bucs and went onto win the African Champions Cup with them in 1985.
Maponyane’s first derby goal for Pirates came in the 2-0 win in October 1994 in the league and was from the penalty spot. The first goal of that game was scored by Marc Batchelor, with a spectacular diving header. Three years later Batchelor lined up for Chiefs in the first-ever PSL clash between and had an effort ruled out for offside. In the next game he was sent off for elbowing defender Gerald Raphahlela in the face. But he scored in the 1998 Rothmans Cup semifinal between the two sides. It was a sweet moment for him after having been criticised by his own chairman in a radio interview in the weeks leading up to the game.
Others have played for both club but scored for only one side in a derby:
Alfred Chamane played for both clubs but only scored for Pirates, who had swooped on him after he played just over a year with Chiefs. Bucs unveiled him in their lineup as a surprise for only the second ever league match between the two clubs, which was played in November 1971 at the Orlando Stadium and saw Chiefs win 2-1. Chamane, who hailed from Greytown in KwaZulu-Natal, became the first player to switch between the two clubs in the direction of Chiefs to Pirates. One month after his Bucs debut he scored for Pirates against Chiefs in the Life Challenge final but Amakhosi won that game 2-1 as well.
Pio Nogueira from Brazil played for Chiefs, Pirates and Swallows and scored in the derby which was only his second appearance for Amakhosi.
Thabang Lebese, Lehlohonolo Majoro, Molongoane, Siphlehle Mthembu, Pollen Ndlanya, Siyabonga Nomvete and Arthur Zwane (Chiefs) and Lesley Manyathela, Collins Mbesuma and Sibusiso Zuma (Pirates) also straddled both sides of the fence and have derby goals to their name.