There was a time when the Soweto derby was in danger of residing in the same WhatsApp group as the Durban July. The outrageous outfits few people would ever wear in real life usually dominate the headlines of the horse-racing event and the winner of the race itself is usually the furthest thing from the minds of some of those at Greyville. Hell, I often ask people who’ve attended the event to name one horse, never mind the winner, and I’m usually greeted by blank stares. The marquee match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates has been in danger of going the same route in recent times as the football started to be overshadowed by the crazy fashion. There were times when the football didn’t live up to expectation as the two teams regularly played to boring draws — the game became known as the drawby — reducing Southern Africa’s biggest game into nothing more than a social gathering. That all changed a few days ago when the football staged a remarkable comeback and reclaimed the ma...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, ProfileData financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Sunday Times Daily.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.



Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@businesslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now