The best South African soccer fixture according to many soccer fans and pundits is without a doubt the Soweto derby between soccer giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. The first time that these teams locked horns was on 24 January back in 1970. According to statistics, Kaizer Chiefs has notched up more wins.
A brief history of the rivalry
The rivalry stems from the fact that Kaizer Chiefs was formed by a former Orlando Pirates star, in the form of Kaizer Motaung.
Motaung left Pirates to go play in the United States. Upon returning home, he decided to form Kaizer XI, which eventually evolved into Kaizer Chiefs.
Since then, whenever the teams have met they have attracted thousands of supporters. As a result, the teams are billed as the most commercially successful teams on the African continent.
Exact figures are unavailable, but it’s estimated that the top bracket of earners in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) earn within the region of R200 000 and R450 000 per month. The majority of these high-earners are from these two teams.
Over the past few years the league has expanded to such an extent that it’s now one of the world’s top leagues financially. (It’s ranked as one of the top 10 leagues in the world financially).
The best South African soccer fixture has without a doubt played a major role in generating some of the revenue for the PSL.
Attendance at some matches exceeds 90 000 people, with football fans travelling from all across the country to witness the spectacle.
What makes this the best South African Soccer Fixture?
- These games attract thousands of fans each time the teams meet, with fans hoping for the best outcome.
- Business opportunities are created for South Africans who want to sell their products at the games.
- There are massive marketing opportunities for companies who are willing to sponsor the teams and pump in millions of rands into the game.