Soweto Derby

Classified as the biggest rivalry in South Africa, the Soweto Derby attracts thousands of spectators every single time the match is played. The Soweto Derby is a match which is played between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs. In the days leading up to the Soweto derby, supporters from all corners of the country and even those beyond the borders of South Africa will argue about the likely outcome of the match looking at things such as the in-form players, tactical nous of the coaches as well as home ground advantage among others.

The massive popularity of the Soweto Derby inspired us to come up with an article which shares with everyone the history of the derby from its humble beginnings in the early 1970s up to today.


The first official Soweto Derby was played on 24 January 1970. The rivalry between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates stems from the fact that these two teams hail from the same location that is, Soweto Johannesburg and that one team (Kaizer Chiefs) was formed by a former Orlando Pirates players. The player in question is Kaizer Motaung.

Having starred for Orlando Pirates in the 60s, Kaizer Motaung took a decision to ply his trade in the now defunct North American Soccer League with the Atlanta Chiefs. Upon returning to South Africa, he decided to form a team of his own. The team was initially called Kaizer XI and it used to play non-league games with various clubs in South Africa. After some time however, Kaizer Motaung decided to join the big boys and transform the team into a National Soccer League team. It is at this point that Kaizer XI became Kaizer Chiefs.

Head to Head Record

Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs have met countless times in the league, domestic cup competitions and friendly games. Looking at the competitive games played between these two up until now, below is a graphical illustration which showcases the head to head record.

Kaizer Chiefs Wins14932
Orlando Pirates Wins12515

Club Honours

In the wider football community, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs are two of the most decorated clubs having won the majority of the trophies. Below, we highlight the club honours for each club.

CompetitionKaizer ChiefsOrlando Pirates
National Premier Soccer League (1971 – 1984)54
National Soccer League (1985 – 1995)31
Premier Soccer League (1996 – Present)44
Nedbank Cup138
Telkom Knockout131
MTN 81510
CAF Champions League01
African Cup Winners Cup10
CAF Super League01

Key Statistics

First Meeting24 January 1970
Most WinsKaizer Chiefs
Most Player AppearancesHappy Jele (236)
Top ScorerPatrick Ntsoelengoe
Biggest WinOrlando Pirates 4 – 0 Kaizer Chiefs (1995)

Players Featuring for Both Sides

There are several players who have featured for both sides and these include Marc Batchelor, Alfred Chamane, Wade du Plessis, Stanton Fredericks, Thomas Johnson, Johannes Kholoane, Edward Khoza, Gabriel Khoza, Donald Jhuse, Thabang Lebese, Jabu Pule, Lehlohonolo Majoro, Marks Maponyane. Burrie Martin, Brian Mathe, Collins Mbesuma, Phumulani Mkhize, Steve Mguni, Kaizer Motaung, Sizwe Motaung, Ratha Mokgoatlheng, Joseph Molongaone, Marcus Mphafudi, Siphelele Mthembu, Pollen Ndlanyu, Dumisa Ngobe, Pio Noguiera, Siyabonga Nomvete, Gert Schalkwyk, William Shongew, Jimmy Tau, Stanley Tshabalala, William Twala, Arthur Zwane, Bongani Ndulula.