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Soweto derby fans urged to arrive early at FNB stadium

Saturday 26 October 2013 12:32

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With both teams talking tough fans can only hope the match does not end with a dull draw. (SABC)

Soccer fans who plan to attend Saturday's Absa Premiership derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates are being urged to arrive early.

Kick-off is at 3pm, but roads around the FNB stadium in Nasrec, Soweto, are already being closed off.  Gauteng traffic's Obed Sibasa says they will be doing their best to make sure traffic outside the stadium is well controlled.

"We urge soccer fans to be early, be seated at least 2 hours before kick-off. We advise them to use public transport - taxis, Rea Vaya, Metrorail. Traffic police and other law enforcement agencies will be on high alert and monitoring," says Sibasa.

Chiefs will be hosting Pirates in the highly anticipated Absa Premiership clash. Pirates recent performance on the continent has done a lot to elevate the status of one of the biggest rivalries in world football.

However, Chiefs are waiting to burst their bubble. Amakhosi captain Itumeleng Khune has made his team's intentions clear, saying they will not allow Pirates to walk away with three points.  "We’re carrying the hopes of the nation. The Amakhosi are faithful and I think we stand a better chance of winning this Saturday," says Khune.

Pirates are knee-deep in fixtures, but after their heroics in Tunisia, they're ready to take on all comers. "The more you play, the more you get confident. So I believe now we have that confidence to go through the challenges we have," says Pirates captain, Happy Jele.

With both teams talking tough fans can only hope the match does not end with another dull draw.

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