Soweto Derby in pictures: Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates – 9 February 2019

South Africa’s soccer fans are some of the best in the world. Known for extravagant outfits, intriguing props, hysterical gestures and some delightful expressions, when the Soweto giants meet, fans show up.

We’ll take a hit with a cliche here but fans will hope for goals. Or, as our PSL correspondent Siviwe Breakfast put it: hopefully there are goals. From Pirates. In the right net.

If that doesn’t convince you to follow his live updates on our PSL match centre, we’re not gonna try harder.

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Chiefs and Pirates fans during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on the 09 February 2019 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
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Pirates fans during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on the 09 February 2019 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
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Chiefs fans during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on the 09 February 2019 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
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Chiefs and Pirates fans during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on the 09 February 2019 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
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Pirates fans during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on the 09 February 2019 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – FEBRUARY 09: Fans sing and dance during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Kazier Chiefs at FNB Stadium on February 09, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)
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Orlando Pirates fans during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on 9 February 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – FEBRUARY 09: Fans sing and dance during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Kazier Chiefs at FNB Stadium on February 09, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

South African soccer fans and the supermarket delights

South Africans are all-too familiar with the delights fans bring to the stadium, but visitors to this fair land are a bit more amused.

During the build-up to the 2010 World Cup (we miss you, Phillip), debates raged around vuvuzelas, but some correspondents were equally intrigued by the food items.

In a piece for the BBC, Piers Edwards made his way to a Soweto Derby and got a lesson in local delicacies. One fan, with a roasted pig’s head, explained to him:

“Pirates want to roast Chiefs, which is why they have this head.”

As for the cabbage, he was informed:

“I believe in cabbage as a traditional medicine, because I know Pirates will not lose when I have the cabbage,” Isaac Mthembu, 33, told the BBC’s African sports programme Fast Track.

“I take a cabbage to every match, to use as muti [witchcraft], and standing behind the goal I can stop goals.”

Maybe the Aston Villa fan who chucked a cabbage at Steve Bruce last year took some inspiration from Mzansi.

For some fans, the food items simply means “we’re going to eat you up”.

But it’s not just food items that make SA soccer fans so creative

You’ve probably seen the coffins draped in the colours and kit of the opposition, but some fans get even more creative. In a piece for the Mail & Guardian in 2013, Antony Kaminju observed:

A Pirates fan had an old cordless phone that he dialled every time his team looked as if they might lose. He said he was calling God to ask him to intervene and help, and at other times he was dialling the coach to urge him to make changes in strategy.

South African soccer fans , you keep shining.

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